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State-funded grant helps Buffalo police arrest three in shooting

Buffalo Police Officers John Sullivan and Thomas Herbert, operating under a state-funded program targeting gun violence, quickly arrested three state prison parolees after a single shot was fired at two men Tuesday night in the 100 block of Courtland Avenue. Neither of the intended victims was injured.

Donald Johnson, 29, Nathaniel Ray Jr., 38, and Marquez Mack, 27, were all arrested as they sat in a car on Floss Avenue just minutes after the shooting took place about 6:50 p.m. After a .38-caliber Taurus special was seized by the two Northeast District officers all three were taken into custody.

Though Johnson was allegedly the shooter, all three were being held on charges of weapons possession, attempted first-degree assault, menacing and reckless endangerment.

Chief of Detectives Dennis J. Richards said the two officers were operating under what he identified as an “enhanced, targeted” patrol program funded by the State Division of Justice Services through its Gun Intervention Violence Elimination (GIVE) grant program. Richards said the grant is earmarked to generate patrol activities that concentrate on gun violence.

The cause of the Courtland Avenue gunfire was not disclosed by police.