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Two Niagara Falls Police Officers Wounded in Shooting

By WBFO News

Buffalo, NY – Two Niagara Falls police officers were hospitalized with gun shot wounds after responding to a domestic disturbance call early Saturday.

A call was received around 1:30am that an armed man was beating his wife at a South Avenue location. After arriving at the scene, the police were fired upon and they returned fire. Two officers were hit as were both the attacker and his wife. None of the injuries are thought to be life-threatening.

Officer Walter Nichols underwent surgery at the Erie County Medical Center to remove pellet fragments from his chest and abdomen. An 18-year veteran of the Niagara Falls Police Department, Nichols had just returned from his second tour in Afghanistan. Officer Michael Bird, who has been with the force for eight years, was treated and released at the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for pellet wounds to the face.

The gunman and the woman, who remain unidentified, were also taken to ECMC.

Police are continuing to talk with witnesses and to gather evidence in the case.