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Buffalo police use SUV to incapacitate man with butcher knife

Buffalo Police on Saturday  drove an SUV squad car into a psychologically disturbed man with a butcher knife who was threatening the life of another officer, authorities said.

The drama unfolded about 12:30 p.m. outside a home on Chicago and Fulton streets, after the Buffalo Police SWAT and  Crisis Management Team were called to the scene, where  the aggressive man came after officers with the knife, police said.

The suspect - who has not been identified -  has a lengthy history of suicide attempts and violent outbursts, authorities said.

As the danger escalated, the SUV squad car was used to knock down the man and  pin him against a fence, according to Thomas H. Burton, an attorney for the Buffalo Police Benevolent Association.

The man, who suffered an ankle injury, was taken to Erie County Medical Center where he is in police custody. His injury was described  as not life-threatening.

As a result of the incident, an internal affairs investigation has been  launched.

Burton noted police at the time were not armed with a Taser so using the SUV to defuse the situation was a gamble.

“This is certainly not something taught at the police academy but it worked,” said Burton, who described the tactic as “an unconventional way to end a circumstance with someone having a psychological problem.”

Anyone with information on the incident is urged to call or text the Confidential TIPCALL Line at 847 - 2255.

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