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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 — Eggert directed Seekins to stop. Kanalley was making faster headway through the curvy streets. It was snowing so hard there were nearly whiteouts and Kanalley disappeared on one of the side streets. 

As Eggert was about to order to shut down the trailer park, Kanalley re-emerged, from the street on which he had disappeared.

”As he turned I could see flashes coming through his windshield,” Seekins said. “I yelled, ‘get out.’ My cell got shot. It was on the dashboard.”

The cell phone hit Seekins as he was getting out. The phone took a bullet on the No. 7 key, but still worked. “How I never got shot, I’ll never know,” Seekins said. The bullet holes in the windshield indicated Kanalley’s bullets would have hit the new Detective Lieutenant in the throat. 

While Seekins was running for cover behind the patrol car, Kanalley slammed the car door with his bumper. At the same time, Eggert was hit by a bullet while escaping out of the passenger door.

Ritchie recalled, “I saw headlights coming at me and there were gun shots. He was shooting at Scott Seekins and Larry Eggert’s car. They bailed out and went to cover. He was blasting away and I ducked down. He rammed my car head on.” The collision broke Ritchie’s jaw and he lost several teeth.

Kanalley, who had removed the stock from his AK-47, was resting the gun on the dash and shooting through his windshield. One of the bullets was fired into a patrol car, lodging in the alternator.

”He wanted to go out in blaze of glory and take a cop with him,” Ritchie said.

Ritchie hoped to take cover, but was hit by bullets coming through the windshield as he laid across the seat. “The shot went through my lung and I couldn’t breath. I laid on the ground and played dead. I was trying to catch my breath. I couldn’t breathe.”

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