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Man who injured police officers sentenced to 8 years in prison

Derrick Nailor, identified by authorities as a cocaine trafficker, was sentenced Monday to eight years in prison for injuring two undercover police officers and for drug and weapons charges linked to Buffalo and Lackawanna arrests.

Nailor, 30, of Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga, had been facing up to 40 years in prison on his March 25 guilty pleas. He was sentenced by Erie County Judge Michael F. Pietruska.

Nailor took his plea the same day that the district attorney announced that an Erie County grand jury issued a no-bill clearing undercover Lackawanna Police Officer Joseph Milkowski of criminal accountability for fatally shooting a Nailor accomplice during a drug sting Feb. 24.

Both Milkowski and Officer Chuck Jaworski were injured when Nailor tried to escape the sting in the parking lot of a Noco gas station at Grant Boulevard and Abbott Road in Lackawanna at about 6 p.m. In an attempt to flee, Nailor rammed his minivan into a police van, pinning Milkowski between both vehicles.

Milkowski, working undercover, shot at Nailor's van, fatally injuring one of the three other people inside, Rashad Bradford, 29.

Nailor has been jailed since his arrest at the scene. He pleaded guilty to two counts of assaulting a police officer, a cocaine-related drug charge for that incident and an unrelated weapons count.

Prosecutors Christopher J. Belling and John P. Feroleto said that in addition to the Feb. 24 incident, Nailor pleaded guilty to weapons possession for throwing a revolver out of his SUV when Buffalo police tried to stop him for a traffic violation at Genesee and Wende streets two months earlier.

The two passengers in the van with Nailor and Bradford during the Feb. 24 drug sting were not charged.

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