Investigation into Buffalo Stabbing/Shooting Continues

1:49 PM, Aug 3, 2012   |    comments
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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Buffalo Police continued to gather evidence on Thursday at a home in the Riverside district, one day after a child was stabbed to death and his grandmother shot to death by an officer.

A police spokesperson said around 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, officers on routine patrol were flagged down by a frantic woman who ran out in front of their patrol car outside a home on Esser Avenue. At the same time, a 911 call was made about the child having been assaulted.

The investigation has just started but on Thursday, Buffalo Police Chief Daniel Derenda said it appears the grandmother stabbed the four year old child. Police have identified the child as Roderick Geiger III, who is known as Manny in the neighborhood.

Police officers shot and killed the grandmother -- who has been identified as Charlene Fears.  They say she was covered in blood and wielding two butcher knives. After repeated requests for her to stop and drop her weapons, Derenda says Fears lunged at one of the officers who in turn fired two shots, killing the woman.

Tom Burton, the attorney for the Buffalo Police Benevolent Association tells 2 On Your Side's Michael Wooten that the officer who fired the shots is a "25-year plus" veteran of the force, and he "did everything he could" to stop the woman before using his gun.

On Thursday, Buffalo Police said the officer who fired his weapon is Robert Yates, a veteran from the D District. The other officer involved is John Mulderig. He graduated from the police academy - last week.  They are both on administrative leave after the incident, and have been offered counseling services.

The 4-year-old boy was taken the Women and Childrens' Hospital, but he died from his injuries.

Relatives of Fears and Geiger are still making arrangements for memorial services.

Police Internal Affairs Division is looking into the officer-involved shooting. That is department protocol for each time an officer's weapon is discharged.


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