NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — An Ohio man has pleaded not guilty to attempted assault of a police officer after Niagara Falls Police found a woman's body in a vehicle.
Jeshawn Elliott, 37, was arrested and later pleaded not guilty.
He said it's believed the victim and suspect were in some sort of domestic relationship, however it is still being investigated.
Police say Elliott lunged at officers with a knife before police used a taser to restrain him. Elliott has been not charged with murder, but is facing assault charges.
"The fact that this individual was taken into custody for a felony crime scene in a crowded area and armed with a knife, deadly physical force would have been justified," Niagara Falls Police Chief Bryan DalPorto. But that was not the case. He was taken into custody with the use of a taser."
The vehicle was found at 1st Street and Rainbow Boulevard in the city. The police department received a tip around 6 p.m. from an Ohio caller who was concerned about the couple's welfare.
After receiving the tip and a vehicle description, police searched the city and were able to find the car with the woman's body inside.
Police then began to search the city for the suspect and found him around 20 minutes later.
After he was found, there was a short chase and at one point the suspect lunged at officers with a knife, DalPorto said. Police did have to use a taser on him, DalPorto said, and he was taken to the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. After, DalPorto said he will be taken to Niagara Falls City Jail. After an arraignment, he will go to Niagara County Jail.
DalPorto said the suspect and victim are believed to be from Ohio, however not much information about them is being released at this time as the investigation continues.
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