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Buffalo police probe officer-involved shooting of suspect

An Internal Affairs investigation was underway into a police-involved shooting Tuesday night that left a home invasion robbery suspect hospitalized, Buffalo Police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said Wednesday.

At about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Buffalo police were called to the scene of a home invasion robbery in progress in the first block of California Street. Police said “at least two people inside the house” were injured.

When the officers arrived, a 39-year-old man who was armed fled on foot.

“Police say following a foot pursuit, a struggle ensued and at some point the officer discharged his weapon striking the armed suspect once,” DeGeorge said.

Police recovered what they believe was the suspect’s firearm at the scene.

The suspect was taken to Erie County Medical Center where he’s listed in stable condition, police said.

The officer, whose name has not been released, has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard policy in police-related shootings.

“It appears the use of force was appropriate under the circumstances,” DeGeorge said in a statement Wednesday.