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Buffalo man charged with assaulting probation officer

John Hunt, 39, of Buffalo, has been charged with assaulting a federal officer in connection with a Sept. 11 incident at his home.

According to the complaint, when two probation officers went to Hunt’s home on Sweet Avenue for an unscheduled home visit, one of the officers noticed a strong smell of gas and a gas shutoff notice on the porch. The officer asked Hunt to step on the porch to talk and also called the Buffalo police and fire departments.

When police and fire officials arrived to investigate the gas smell, Hunt allegedly became agitated and moved to go back into the house. When officers ordered him to put his hands behind his back, he reportedly struck one of the probation officers twice in the face.

The defendant appeared Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy and remains in custody.