LOCKPORT - A Lockport man who was accused of being armed with knives and struggling with city police during an April 29 incident was acquitted on all counts by a Niagara County Court jury Wednesday.
After a lunch break, the jury was out for about 10 minutes before finding Zachary A. Smith, 25, of Lock Street, not guilty of menacing a police officer, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and obstructing governmental administration.
Smith was living in Urban Park Towers, 77 Main St., at the time of the incident, in which he was zapped with a Taser by police in order to subdue him. Officers arrived after a resident of that building called police to report an intoxicated man armed with a knife. However, Assistant Public Defenders Alan J. Roscetti and Michael H. White argued that Smith was not the man whose conduct provoked that 911 call.
Judge Matthew J. Murphy III presided over the three-day trial. Assistant District Attorney Ryan K. Parisi was the prosecutor.