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BPD Move Quickly in Homicide Arrest

Buffalo Police have charged a man in connection with the early morning shooting death of a 26 year old male. The shooting occurred just after 2:30am Friday morning in the 900 block of Glenwood Avenue.

Investigators believe an argument had precipitated the shooting that took place in the upper apartment at 907 Glenwood Avenue. The victim, 26 year old Jamal Griffin of Amherst, was rushed to the Erie County Medical Center where he later succumbed to his injuries.

An autopsy conducted this morning confirmed the victim died from wounds sustained by a shotgun.

Arrested and charged with murder in the second degree is 18 year old Darrel L. Oldham Jr. of 907 Glenwood Avenue in the upper. Oldham was found hiding in a nearby garage by diligent C District Officers, including Lt. Thomas J. Keane and rookie Police Officer Michael Acquino.

The suspect was taken to Police Headquarters for questioning and was later booked on the murder charge.

Homicide Detective Sgt. David Lillis and Detectives Noreen Walsh and Mary Evans are continuing the investigation. The weapon used in the murder has not been recovered.

This was the city’s 35th homicide in 2008. This marks a dramatic 50% decrease in homicides from 2006. Two years ago at this time, there were 70 homicides in the city. Last year at this time, there were 49.

Overall crime is down 5% from last year, meaning there’s been a 12% drop in overall crime in Buffalo since 2006.