NIAGARA FALLS, NY - Niagara Falls Police detectives are on the lookout for a man who fired a gun at an officer last night at around 3 a.m.
The incident started when police officers responded to a call of shots being fired between a red car and a green van. While police were searching they received another call, this one about an accident at 9th Street and Ferry Avenue involving a green van.
Officers discovered a bullet hole in the passenger side of the van when they arrived at the scene and were interviewing the van's two occupants.
A vehicle fitting the description of the red car in the shootout was found at the intersection of 15th Street and Ferry Avenue a short time later. A passenger of that vehicle ran off when the police arrived, and an officer began to chase him on foot.
According to a statement released by Niagara Falls Police Saturday afternoon, the suspect fired one shot from what appeared to be a long gun at the officer who was chasing him. The shot missed and the officer returned fire, but it's not believed that he hit the suspect.
New York State Parks Police and the K-9 unit of the Niagara County Sheriff's Office joined Niagara Falls Police in an extensive search for the suspect but as of Saturday afternoon the man had not been located. He is described as a black male, about 6 feet tall.
The driver of the red vehicle was arrested and charged for unlawfully fleeing from police and various traffic infractions. His name is Rashaun M. Dix of 439 26th Street.
The search for the suspect is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to call Niagara Falls Police at 286-4711.
Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster issued a statement on Saturday supporting the police and reassuring the public "that we will continue our war against gun violence on our streets, continuing our multi-pronged attack on illegal guns, violent gangs and the drug traffic until the day when incidents last that of last night are a thing of the past."