The Buffalo Police Department on Tuesday identified the man killed in a crash Wednesday night during a pursuit by Buffalo police officers.
Keith A. Mixon Jr., 26, of Buffalo, died when a vehicle driven by Kevon V. Walker, 28, crashed into Mount Zion Community Sanctuary at Genesee Street and Bissell Avenue, according to police.
Walker, also of Buffalo, has been charged with second-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and first-degree unlawfully fleeing a police officer. He suffered a broken leg and head injuries and remains hospitalized, police said.
The situation started when a person approached a police officer near Michigan Avenue and Goodell Street at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday and told the officer someone fired a gun towards them in that area.
Police said Tuesday they believe that gunfire happened on Bernie Lane in the McCarley Gardens apartments.
The officer, who was conducting an unrelated traffic stop, put out a description of the suspects and their vehicle over police radio. Another officer saw a vehicle with that description and tried to make a stop. The vehicle fled and the pursuit began.
The pursuing officers lost sight of the vehicle but continued in its last known direction, coming upon the vehicle after it crashed into the church at Genesee and Bissell, according to police.
Mixon was pronounced dead at the scene, despite efforts to resuscitate him.
An internal investigation by the department's Internal Affairs Division remains ongoing.
Walker is scheduled to appear in Buffalo City Court on Thursday morning.
In March, Crime Stoppers Buffalo offered a reward of up to $2,500 for information on Mixon's whereabouts.
Mixon was released from a halfway house in February and was arrested on a charged of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon on Feb. 23, according to the U.S. Marshals Service. Authorities had issued an arrest warrant for Mixon for absconding.
Mixon was sentenced to five years in prison in May 2015 after being convicted of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime, the Marshals Service said.
His funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at True Bethel Baptist Church, 907 E. Ferry St.