Police in upstate New York shot and critically wounded a man who attacked a female cop with a baseball bat, according to officials.
The shooting comes on the heels of unrest in nearby Rochester over the police-custody homicide of a mentally a unstable man that cops had been called to check on.
Several Buffalo cops — including a specialist crisis-intervention officer a — were called to a “mental health crisis” just before 3 p.m. Saturday as the unidentified man threatened people in the street, the force said.
Several officers followed the “agitated” man and repeatedly pleaded with him to put down the baseball bat as he “made a striking motion toward officers,” police spokesman Jeffrey Rinaldo told a press conference, according to The Buffalo News.
Officers “attempted to deploy pepper spray on at least a couple of occasions” but it “did not appear to have any effect,” Rinaldo said.
After he was trailed for five blocks, he finally swung