Earlier this year, on March 29, 2022, a spectacular cross-city police chase and gun battle left multiple cars damaged, 3 police officers shot, and the suspect in critical condition after crashing and being hit by return gunfire from officers.

The ending of that shootout was caught on video by a bystander who was pumping gas just across the street from the dangerous scene.

Since these wild events, the suspect has been charged with multiple crimes. Kente Q. Bell was charged with five counts of First Degree Attempted Murder, one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon, one count of First Degree Reckless Endangerment, and one count of Third Degree Unlawful Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle. Bell remains in police custody and is recovering from being shot by officers.

The Buffalo Police Department and the Erie County District Attorney have released the body camera footage that was recorded by officers during the chase and its aftermath. That footage shows what is a very chaotic scene as the suspect and police officers speed through the City of Buffalo shooting at each other.

In the end, Kente Bell was shot multiple times, one police officer is alleged to have been shot by Bell, and two other officers were victims of friendly fire as they were shot by other police officers. Multiple officials with knowledge of police policy have stated that this chase shouldn't have proceeded as far into the city, for as long as it did, and with as many shots that had been fired by officers. Some also feel that officers lacked common sense in how they executed this police chase.

There is no penal law violation for...that articulates common sense, so I cannot charge any Buffalo Police Officer with a violation of common sense...
-John Flynn, District Attorney for Erie County, New York

Check out the footage below:

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