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Man paralyzed in 2010 police-involved shooting dies

A former Cheektowaga man left paralyzed from the neck down after being shot by West Seneca police four years ago has died.

In April 2010, Jeffrey J. Edwards was driving a car that carried his girlfriend in the passenger seat and a friend, the mentally unstable Jerome Brylski, in the back. When West Seneca police pulled over the Grand Prix to question Brylski, he took two shots at their cars with a deer rifle, threw the rifle to the pavement of East and West Road and dived back into Edwards’ vehicle.

Edwards, wanting no part of the gunfight, immediately crawled out of his car while showing his hands. But he was hit twice as police returned a volley of gunfire. While Brylski went to state prison, Edwards spent four years in Erie County Medical Center and its skilled nursing facility. He died June 20 of cardiac arrest, according to the woman he married while in a hospital bed, Karen R. Stayer.

Edwards, who was 46, had a lawsuit pending against the West Seneca police. The lawsuit is expected to be continued on behalf of his estate.