Of­fi­cer, K9 ‘Lehner’ in­volved in crash while re­spond­ing to call

The Buffalo News - - LOCAL NEWS - Keith McShea

A Buf­falo po­lice of­fi­cer was hos­pi­tal­ized af­ter his K9 ve­hi­cle was in­volved in a down­town crash Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

Buf­falo Po­lice Capt. Jeff Ri­naldo said Of­fi­cer Jared Do­maracki, along with K9 Lehner, were re­spond­ing to a “man with a gun” call at ap­prox­i­mately 8 a.m. Wed­nes­day when an­other ve­hi­cle struck them at South Elm­wood Av­enue and Chippewa Street.

Ri­naldo said Do­maracki was in Erie County Med­i­cal Cen­ter be­ing checked out for “what ap­pears to be mi­nor in­juries.”

Lehner was taken to a vet­eri­nar­ian and “given a clean bill of health,” Ri­naldo said.

Ri­naldo said the de­part­ment’s ac­ci­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion and in­ter­nal af­fairs units were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the crash.

Lehner was named for the late Lt. Craig Lehner, who died in a dive train­ing ac­ci­dent in 2017.

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