PENDLETON — A Buffalo police officer is dead from an apparent self-inflicted gun shot following a domestic incident Monday afternoon on Paddock Ridge in Pendleton.
Officials at the sheriff's office remain tight-lipped about most details, but the US&J has independently confirmed that the incident involved a Buffalo police officer.
The body of the officer, whose name has not been released, was found in the basement of a home, with a bullet wound to the head.
Sheriff James M. Voutour told the US&J that his department received a phone call from the man's girlfriend about a despondent male who was possibly armed and was thinking about harming himself.
"We tried to make contact with him," Voutour said. "We never did."
Voutour added that his department continues to investigate the incident, whcih is being conducted jointly with the Buffalo Police Department.
A source familiar with the incident confirmed with the US&J that the deceased man was a Buffalo police officer. The source said the man had recently moved to Pendleton.
Roads in the area of Paddock Ridge were closed, and a SWAT crew appeared to have been assembled. Witnesses told the US&J that Buffalo police officers were also at the scene.
Sheriff's Office SWAT team members entered the home around 4 p.m. and found the body.
Pendleton residents in the area of Paddock Ridge received automated phone alerts from the Niagara County Sheriff's Office around 1:30 Monday afternoon advising them to stay indoors because of a police incident.
Wendelville firefighters and a Rural/Metro ambulance crew were on standby during the situation.
Paddock Ridge runs east off Bear Ridge Road, south of Killian Road.