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Brother of police officer gunned down in city street

A Sherman Street teen whose brother is a Buffalo police officer was gunned down Thursday afternoon a short distance from his house, police reported.

Keone Littlejohn, 16, was walking on Sherman Street at about 3:45 p.m. when he was approached by two or three men who shot him with one or more handguns in the upper body, according to Homicide Detective Daniel Rinaldo.

Keone, the brother of Ferry-Fillmore Officer Cedric Littlejohn, died at the scene.

Rinaldo said detectives had little to go on. Keone had no prior criminal record. The motive or suspects were not known, and investigators were getting little help from possible witnesses or neighbors, police said.

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Shooting on Swan Street probed by homicide detectives

Buffalo homicide detectives this afternoon were investigating a morning shooting on Swan Street near the intersection of Spring Street.

The victim's name and condition were not immediately available.

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Fleeing suspect fires shot at narcotics detectives

Buffalo narcotics detectives investigating an apparent drug sale on the city's East Side on Wednesday afternoon were shot at by a fleeing suspect, who remained at large today, police said.

Detectives saw two men engaged in an apparent drug transaction near 91 Lombard St. at about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and stopped to investigate.

"We were checking in that area for drug activity and drug dealing," said Lt. Thomas Lyon. "We had numerous complaints they were taking over the neighborhood.

"One of the males took off and began running through a vacant lot. He was reaching into his waistband, and I heard a shot."

Lyon said the suspect shot at him from about 20 feet but missed and fled onto Gibson Street.

Detectives Dave Sugg and Johnny Walker took the other man at the scene into custody.

Demario Vass, 25, of Kane Street, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana.

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Arrest made in armed theft of two women's purses

Northwest District police officers seized a man who threatened two women with a shotgun before stealing their purses Thursday night, authorities said.

The women were walking on the 200 block of Hampshire Street at about 8:45 p.m. when a red vehicle pulled up beside them.

The women told police a man got out, pointed a shotgun at them and ordered them to lie down on the ground. He made off with their purses.

Police received a description of the getaway car and apprehended Earl Williams, 22, on Bird Avenue. He was charged with two counts of robbery.

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No bail for man charged in driver's license scam

A Hewitt Avenue man was arrested Thursday on numerous felony counts for allegedly obtaining New York State driver's licenses using fake identities, state police reported.

Willie D. Jordon, 41, was charged with four felony counts of offering a false instrument for filing, two felony counts of possessing a forged instrument, two counts of criminal impersonation and one count of obstructing governmental administration.

Jordon was stopped March 8 by a state trooper for allegedly speeding on Grand Island. He provided the trooper what proved to be a false license. He was charged with driving without a license and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Troopers said they determined he obtained state driver's licenses using fictitious identities on at least four occasions.

He was arraigned in Cheektowaga Town Court and taken to the Erie County Holding Center without bail pending a court date Wednesday.

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Peacock escapes from zoo, is spotted in back yard

A peacock that escaped from the Buffalo Zoo early Thursday evening turned up in the back yard of a residence on Crescent Avenue, Buffalo police reported.

Gaye Hardoby said she noticed the bird on a neighbor's backyard fence at about 6:15 p.m. and called authorities.

She said it was an unusual sighting in the neighborhood that drew people out of their houses to take pictures. The bird didn't threaten anyone and seemed to wander out of the area on its own.

Police said the zoo advised them that the bird would return to the zoo "when it got hungry." Zoo officials were not available late Thursday to comment.

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