A 31-year-old Angola man who served a brief local jail term seven years ago for an earlier run-in with Town of Evans police is undergoing mental examinations at the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo after an altercation at which he allegedly tore off part of an Evans Road groundskeeper’s ear.
John P. Pawlowski was repeatedly Tasered by police officers as two other men struggled to restrain him after the altercation about 11 a.m. Tuesday.
Pawlowski, who served a six-month term at the Erie County Correctional Facility on a weapons charge in 2007 after he threatened Evans police officers with a loaded 357 Magnum handgun after a high speed car chase, was ordered to undergo mental examinations after he was charged Tuesday with first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and harassment for fighting with three men before police stopped him. Officers were told Pawlowski initially bit the face of the Evans Road groundskeeper for no reason before tearing off part of his victim’s ear.
As two men were restraining him until police arrived, one suffered rib injuries and both were taken to medical facilities for treatment.
In the 2007 incident Pawlowski was initially charged with attempted murder of a police officer and criminal possession of bomb making equipment but county prosecutors agreed to let him plea guilty to a loaded firearms charge and he was sentenced to six months in jail and placed on probation for five years, which ended about two years ago.