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Officer Andolina Released, Investigation Continues into Police Shooting

By Eileen Buckley


Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Police Officer Carl Andolina, who was wounded with his partner in a shooting Tuesday night, was released Thursday from the Erie County Medical Center. He had suffered wounds to the arm and neck. The other officer, Patricia Parete, remains hospitalized in critical condition at ECMC after being shot in the jaw. The Buffalo News says the bullet severed her spine and that she will likely be paralyzed.

The two officers were shot outside a convenience store on Elmwood Avenue. Andolina tackled the suspect despite facing shots at close range.

Buffalo Police Commissioner McCarthy Gipson says the suspect, 18-year old Varner Harris, admitted to the shootings during questioning. Police say he had an illegal weapon and fired five shots at the officers.

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