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Video: Police release footage of Cheektowaga fatal shooting

Cheektowaga police on Wednesday morning will release video footage from an incident involving an officer who shot and killed a Wyoming County man earlier this month.

An officer shot Darrell P. Bosell March 5 outside the Best Western Hotel across Genesee Street from Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

Police officials say they will make public the video from the officer’s dash-cam, as well as surveillance video from the hotel.

Bosell, of Java, approached the officer with his gun drawn when he was fatally shot twice in the chest, police have said.

The gun was not loaded and Bosell, 34, was intoxicated. Friends of Bosell said they believe the situation may have been a case of “suicide by cop.”

Last week, police said the dash-cam footage shows Bosell had a gun in his right hand and then “aggressively” approached the officer, who was in his patrol vehicle.

Bosell ordered the officer to get out of his car.

Some parts of the confrontation are not visible on the video footage, police have said, but there is audio throughout.

“We can definitely see [Bosell] does face the officer and the handgun comes up in the direction of the officer. That’s clear on the video,” Cheektowaga Police Chief David Zack said during a March 7 news conference.

The amount of time from when the officer pulled into the parking lot until the shooting occurred was less than 30 seconds, authorities have said.

Friends told The Buffalo News that when Bosell drank, he changed from a kindhearted person to someone potentially dangerous to himself and others.

Police used Bosell’s cellphone signal to track his location after State Police notified them he was suspected in the theft of a gun.

Police have not released the name of the officer involved, but he has previously been described as a 16-year veteran of the town’s police department.

email: abesecker@buffnews.com