Patrol cars from all five Buffalo police districts responded to a fight outside a downtown nightclub early Friday morning, leaving one officer injured and forcing officers to use chemical spray to subdue a 320-pound man armed with a loaded revolver.
Central District Officer Ronald Jentz was treated in Erie County Medical Center for a leg injury suffered when the heavy suspect fell on his leg during the melee, police said. The man also was accused of reaching for the loaded gun in his waist band as he fought with three officers.
The suspect had run from officers while they were investigating a fight on Pearl Street at about 4 a.m., and a witness told police that the man went to a vehicle and returned with a bulge under his shirt.
During the ensuing struggle with police, the man dropped the gun, described as a defaced revolver that had been stolen. Officers also accused the man of fighting with security guards from the Groove nightclub.
Officer John Williams, assisted by Officers Jentz and Anthony Lapiana, charged Rufus E. Anderson, 26, of Sumner Place, with possession of a loaded and defaced weapon, possession of stolen property, resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration.