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February 9, 2013

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Memories still fresh 10 years after shootout

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — A woman who was with Kanalley gave solid information that the shooter might be in the southeast part of the city and the police followed up.

At 4 a.m. officer Michael Stover located Kanalley’s car traveling on Beattie Avenue but couldn’t keep up with him. “Slow speed and weather conditions dictated,” Seekins explained. “Kanalley did well because he had four studded snow tires and his front-wheel drive car.”

The police cars were full-size Crown Victorias, but the rear-wheel drive offered limited traction in the snow.

Police began a parallel pursuit, with most cars heading south on Beattie Avenue while Lt. Seekins and Capt. Eggert went south on Transit in a separate vehicle. Seekins was driving.

The convoy took the Old Beattie Road route into the Woodlands trailer park. Seekins and Eggert chose to go into the southern entrance of the Woodlands, near the NOCO station on Transit Road.

”We pulled in there and stopped,” Seekins said. “Presumably, he could come right at us, and that’s exactly what happened.”

The cops and Kanalley passed each other and the policemen took cover in order not to be exposed to the windows. Kanalley had an AK-47 with hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

”We turned around to tail him, hoping other units would catch up, but the other cars (coming from Old Beattie) lost track of him,” Seekins said. 

Kanalley pulled into the NOCO station, spun his car around and aimed it at the police. “He pulled out and tried to T-bone us but he missed. He nearly went into the ditch himself,” Seekins said.

Kanalley appeared to be going back toward the city, but instead turned into the adjacent Village Mobile Home Park.

Stover came out of the Woodlands and joined the chase into the Village. Eggert and Seekins were in one car, Stover in another and Ritchie was in the K-9 SUV with Blesk.

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