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Man who fired shot into air on Buffalo street pleads guilty to gun possession

A Wakefield Avenue man who fired a shot into the air during a domestic dispute on Townsend Street before leading police on a high speed chase pleaded guilty Tuesday to a felony count of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree.

On Nov. 27, 2016, Jason Bishop was arguing with his girlfriend in the middle of Townsend Street in the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood when he fired a shot from a pistol into the air, the Erie County District Attorney's Office said.

Police observed Bishop leaving in a silver sedan. A high-speed chase followed, and Bishop crashed his car into some hedges. Leaving the pistol in the car, he tried to flee on foot but police arrested him.

Bishop, 30, is scheduled to be sentenced by County Court Judge Thomas P. Franczyk on Nov. 14. He faces up to 15 years in prison.

The DA's office credited Buffalo Police Officers Brian Tripp, Sean Godios, Patrick Overdorf and Neil Sullivan for the arrest. Assistant District Attorney John P. Gerken of the Felony Trials Bureau prosecuted the case.

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