20-year-old faces four attempted murder
charges for allegedly shooting at four officers

PoliceOne Staff Report
(BUFFALO, N.Y.) -- It started when officers noticed a truck that failed to observe a stop sign. It progressed into a car and then foot chase during which the suspect allegedly fired at officers early Sunday morning.

When it was over, Walter Knightner, of Buffalo, faced four counts of attempted first-degree murder; four counts of first-degree reckless endangerment; criminal possession of stolen property; criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell; first-degree criminal use of a firearm; criminal possession of a weapon; obstructing governmental administration; resisting arrest and unauthorized use of a vehicle charges, Police Chief William E. Bowen said.

The four Precinct 12 officers who chased Knightner, Ralph Skinner, Gerald Sullivan, Brendan Kiefer and Tom Knezevic. were unharmed. Knightner was driving a stolen truck and in possession of 18 bags of crack cocaine. A 9mm handgun was found in one of the yards that Knightner ran though as he was being chased by officers and firing at them, police said.

The suspect remains in custody.

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