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Confrontation between neighbors leads to assault on two officers

Kenneth W. Kopper, 38, of Normal Avenue was charged with two felony counts of second-degree assault for allegedly injuring two Buffalo police officers, one female and one male, during a noontime argument with a female neighbor in his residence.

Kopper allegedly threatened to kill the woman during their heated confrontation, and after the police officers arrived, he lunged at the woman, slugged Officer Lynn McGrath and kicked Officer David Wojtaski in his right leg while trying to grab McGrath's firearm, according to police reports.

After being subdued and handcuffed, Kopper was charged with two felony counts of second-degree assault on the officers, resisting arrest, second-degree obstructing governmental administration and second-degree harassment. He remained in custody at the Erie County Holding Center Sunday.

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