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Drug, gun raid nets 4 arrests

A Thursday night raid aimed at getting guns and drugs off the streets resulted in four arrests at a home on the 1700 block of Ashland Avenue, police said Friday.

One officer suffered minor injuries.

After obtaining a high-risk search warrant, Narcotics Capt. Morris Shamrock and the Emergency Response Team went to the home just after 8 p.m., police said.

Officers said that, as they entered the residence, they saw a man throw a handgun from a second-story window and were able to recover the weapon.

Tywon M. Mallory, 18, of Ashland Avenue, was charged with felony third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and felony fourth-degree criminal possession of firearms.

Complications arose when, police said, a man identified as Brandon E. Rafter, 23, of 80th Street, began yelling "My baby daughter's in there" and swearing at officers while trying to rush those guarding the area.

Rafter also was accused of grabbing the barrel of a high-powered service rifle held by Officer Shawn Bosi.

Bosi said Rafter, who appeared highly intoxicated, seemed to be trying to disarm him. As they struggled, the two fell to the ground. Officers Jon Schuster, Rich King and Shawn Larrabee came to Bosi's aid and were able to pull Rafter away.

Bosi suffered a minor contusion on his hand, while Rafter had a minor facial cut, police said. Both were released after treatment in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

Rafter was charged with felony assault on an officer, resisting arrest, three counts of disorderly conduct and obstructing governmental administration. He was charged with a second count of obstruction when he continued to fight with officers while being booked, police said.

Along with the weapons counts, Mallory was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, as were two others in the residence: Courtney T. Moragne, 25, of Linwood Avenue, and Tamika N. Florence, 19, of Ashland Avenue. Florence also was charged with three counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Police said they found her on a couch with several small children.

Police Superintendent John R. Chella, who spent 21 years in the Narcotics Division, said his supervisors never used to request warrants covering guns.

Now they do.

"Guns, gangs and violence -- that's our targets," Chella said.

"Drugs slowly destroy a life," Chella said, "but guns take a life instantly."


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