NY Drug Bust Yields Year’s 11th Drug War Killing

CANNABIS CULTURE – An as yet unidentified man in Lackawanna, New York, has become the 11th person killed in US drug law enforcement operations this year. He was shot and killed during a confrontation with undercover officers attempting to arrest four alleged drug dealers in a gas station parking lot early Thursday evening.

2011 Drug War Killings

According to police Friday, 10 undercover officers, six from the Erie County Sheriff’s Office and four from the Lackawanna Police, converged on the parking lot to make the arrests when one of the suspects drove his van into a police car, hitting two Lackawanna officers between the vehicles. One unidentified officer then opened fire on the suspect, killing him at the scene.

But an earlier version of the story, again relying on police sources, painted a slightly different picture. According to that first account, an officer shot and killed a suspect and “an officer was then crushed between the suspect’s vehicle and a police vehicle, but the suspect wasn’t driving.”

Two injured officers were briefly hospitalized, but have since been released.

Police said crack cocaine was seized at the scene. Three other men were arrested on drug charges.

[Editor’s Note: This year, Drug War Chronicle is going to try to track every death directly attributable to drug law enforcement during the year. We can use your help. If you come across a news account of a killing related to drug law enforcement, please send us an email at [email protected].]

– Article originally published at StoptheDrugWar.org.

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