A domestic violence case in Buffalo on Saturday afternoon could have become another violent statistic, but police were able to gain control of an armed man as he resisted arrest without a single shot being fired.
The suspect, Erique Giles, 27, of Glenwood Avenue, Buffalo, got into a verbal argument with a woman in his home just before 3 p.m. Saturday. As the argument escalated he threatened to kill her and then punched her and choked her, according to police reports.
The woman said during the fight a gun fell out of Giles’ trousers pocket and he picked it up and struck her in the face and body using the gun as a weapon.
When officers arrived Giles ran into a hallway and shut the door in an attempt to avoid arrest.
The two officers were able to open the door to talk to Giles and they said he gave them a false name.
As they tried to put him under arrest he began to resist, pulling his arm away from one officer and pushing against a second officer at the scene. He continued to fight the two officers who wrestled him to the ground to gain control and then make the arrest without further incident.
Upon his arrest, police found not only the gun, but also a knife in his pocket and .38 caliber ammunition in his backpack.
Giles was charged with second-degree assault, resisting arrest, first-degree strangulation and second-degree harassment.