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BPD Quickly Nab Suspect In Early Morning Homicide

Early Saturday morning, May 2nd, a Buffalo police officer on routine patrol did hear several gunshots. Police Officer Mark Goodspeed of the Ferry Fillmore District then saw a male run from a parking lot in the 1400 block of Broadway around 4AM. The suspect, identified as 29 year old Timothy Sanders of May St., tossed a handgun to the ground, upon seeing the officer.

Police Officer Goodspeed was able to tackle and place Sanders in custody. "For reasons yet unknown, the suspect had shot at the 37 year old victim, James L. Toney, striking him several times. He was attempting to flee the scene, when he was spotted by the alert Officer Goodspeed," according to Chief of Detectives Dennis J. Richards.

Police Officers Brian O. Griffin and Dennis Gilbert assisted Goodspeed at the scene of the city's sixteenth murder this year.

The shooting victim was rushed by ambulance to the Erie County Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Sanders has been charged with murder in the second degree as well as criminal possession of a weapon. A .25 caliber handgun - believed to be the murder weapon - was recovered.

Buffalo police have cleared eleven of the sixteen homicides committed this year, with arrests. Homicide Squad Sergeant James P. Lonergan and Detectives Mark J. Vaughn and Scott Malec assisted in the investigation and arrest.