Man shot in armed confrontation with two deputies pleads guilty
A Cattaraugus County man has pleaded guilty in State Supreme Court to two counts of menacing a police officer and criminal possession of a weapon, according to the Erie County District Attorney’s Office.
The charges against Nicholas Krencik, 35, of West Valley, resulted from an Aug. 5 incident in Springville where Erie County Sheriff’s deputies found him armed with a shortened shotgun, prosecutors said.
According to the District Attorney’s office, two deputies were summoned to the County Fair store, where they confronted Krencik, who refused to drop his weapon, even as Krencik advanced on one of the deputies. Eventually, both deputies fired at Krencik, who was incapacitated with injuries that were not life-threatening. Krencik faces up to 15 years in state prison when sentenced as a second violent felony offender May 14.