A 94-year-old resident of Mary Agnes Manor on Porter Avenue who allegedly fired at a janitor in the assisted living complex has been charged with attempted murder, according to Buffalo Police.
The resident was identified Wednesday as John Tenant by Buffalo Police in a tweet.
Tenant was supposed to be taken to Erie County Medical Center for a psychiatric evaluation Wednesday. But, according to police, he was resisting.
The elderly man had allegedly told the paramedics and assisted living staff who were trying to coax him into an elevator on the 9th floor that he was armed and was going to shoot them, according to Buffalo Police Capt. Jeff Rinaldo.
Tenant then allegedly reached into a pocket at the front of his walker, pulled out a loaded .38 caliber handgun and fired one shot at a maintenance worker, Rinaldo said.
The bullet missed the worker and ended up in a wall, police said.
A paramedic with AMR WNY, Timothy Hoar, “subdued the subject, wrestled the gun away from him and hung on to him until police officers arrived to assist,” Rinaldo said, calling Hoar’s actions “extremely heroic.” A second paramedic also assisted in subduing Tenant.
“The maintenance worker that got shot at is a little shook up as is everybody else there,” Rinaldo said. “This could have been a horrible tragedy.”
The handgun had four more live rounds in it, Rinaldo noted.
Tenant has lived for about three years at Mary Agnes Manor, an assisted living facility that specializes in care for people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, according to a sign in front of the 10-story building on Porter and Prospect avenues.
The facility is licensed by New York State to have beds for 230 residents.
It wasn’t clear whether the facility allows its residents to have firearms. Officials at Mary Agnes did not respond to requests for comment.
Police investigators planned to obtain a search warrant to determine whether the man had any other weapons in his possession.