3 arrested after 2 state troopers, officer hit by vehicle during Buffalo protests

Patrick Moussignac
Updated: June 16, 2020 04:50 AM
Created: June 01, 2020 10:56 PM

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WHEC) — Three people are now facing charges after State Police say two Troopers and a Buffalo Police Officer were all injured after an SUV drove through their barricade.

State Police say troopers shot at the SUV several times in order to stop it after striking the three men. The police were trying to clear the area of demonstrators.


It all happened around 10 p.m. Monday night at the intersection of Bailey Avenue and Decker Street in Buffalo.

State Police say the driver of a 2002 Ford Explorer plowed through the barricade, hitting Trooper Ronald Ensminger, a 19-year veteran who sustained a shattered pelvis and a broken leg. The second trooper injured is 17-year veteran Randall Shenefiel. He suffered a hand, and wrist injury.

The identity of the Buffalo police officer who was hurt hasn't been released yet, but he has a minor injury. All three were taken to the Erie County Medical Center. 

The two men arrested are identified as Buffalo residents, 25-year old Semaj Pilgrim, and 28-year old Walter Stewart. State Police say they were passengers in the vehicle, and both suffered gunshot wounds.

30-year-old Deyanna J. Davis was arrested after she was released from Erie County Medical Center. State Police say she was the driver of the SUV.

Davis was charged with aggravated assault upon a police officer, assault, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of stolen property. 

They're expected to survive. Police charged them with second degree criminal possession of a weapon, and fourth degree criminal possession of stolen property.  

"New York State Police did open fire on that vehicle as it was striking the officers. Thankfully the Erie County Sheriff's Department had 'Air 1' in the air. The helicopter was able to track that vehicle. Buffalo police gave pursuit. The vehicle was stopped near the '33,' and three people were taken in custody," Buffalo Police Captain Jeff Rinaldo said.

There's no word yet if the driver will be charged in the incident. Police say this is still an ongoing investigation. 

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