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Officer injured during arrest of suspected intruder

A Buffalo officer suffered a minor injury to his hand early Wednesday while arresting one of three men involved in a North Buffalo home invasion, police officials said. Three guns were recovered by police.

Northwest District officers were summoned to the 300 block of Norwalk Avenue, a normally quiet neighborhood, at about 2 a.m. and pursued the three gunmen, capturing one after a foot chase.

Officer Mark Vara was injured as he arrested Steven D. McCool, 19, of Dunkirk, police said. McCool was charged with assault of a police officer, resisting arrest, burglary and robbery. Vara was taken to Erie County Medical Center for treatment and later released. He remains temporarily off duty.

Police say they are continuing to look for the two other suspects, whose physical descriptions have not yet been released. As they fled, they discarded their weapons, police said."We have some leads and we're following them up," Northwest District Chief Anthony J. Barba said.

Why the basement apartment where a man and woman reside on Norwalk, near the intersection with Taunton Place, was targeted also remains under investigation, police said.

Should other area residents be concerned?

"No, this is a specific incident related to that address. It is an isolated incident," Barba said.

The two other men, who also fled on foot, are believed to have eventually made their way to a waiting vehicle.

Anyone who may have witnessed any part of the crime and getaway is asked to call Northwest District detectives at 851-4413, Barba said, adding that information can also be called in or texted to the police department's confidential TIP-CALL line at 847-2255.