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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 — Ritchie sustained three gunshot wounds, two in the legs and one in the chest. Remarkably, his German shepherd, K-9 Blesk, was unharmed despite the volley of shots. 

Seekins kept firing and tried to get help for his friends. “He (Kanalley) faded back into the shadows. He was in dark clothing in the shadows,” Seekins said. “I was in dark clothing in the white snow under a street light, so he had the advantage.” 

Seekins was unable to retrieve his shotgun from the car, and was armed only with his handgun. “One of my rounds hit him in the foot; put him down,” Seekins said. 

”At this point the calvary was coming,” Ritchie said. “He (Kanalley) was getting nervous and went into the wooded area.”

Among the “calvary” was Sheriff’s Deputy Sgt. Kevin Mack. He was pulling into the trailer park when he heard the words on his police radio: “Officer down.”

A year after the encounter, Mack recounted for the US&J what happened next. First, he threw a set of road spikes across the entrance and began his approach with his patrol car’s lights turned off.

Soon, he saw a “single subject” walking about 50 yards from the scene. It was dark, the subject wasn’t running and Mack was not sure if he was looking at the gunman or another police officer. That’s when Kanalley turned and fired his assault rifle.

”He disabled my patrol car with the second shot,” Mack recalled. The deputy threw open his door, reached his hand out on the windshield and ducked down, firing nine rounds.

Kanalley dropped to the ground. “I’m thinking, naturally, ‘I hit him.’ “ Mack, who had never before fired his gun except in training, said.

After all the gunplay, Kanalley pointed his AK-47 to his head and fired. But before killing himself, Kanalley had words for Seekins.

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