Security Guard Disarms Gunman Armed With AR-15 In Attempted Buffalo Robbery

VIDEO: Dramatic CCTV footage shows the moment a hero security guard at a substance abuse treatment facility in Buffalo restrained a man who had fired an AR-15 inside the property on Thursday.

The hero security guard charged at the gunman and restraining him until help arrived
The hero security guard charged at the gunman and restraining him until help arrived

A police spokesperson said the incident was an attempted robbery related to a separate shooting that had occurred earlier the same day, involving the same gunman.


No one was injured in the incident, which police said was thanks to the heroic actions of the unarmed security guard.



The video footage shows the gunman - identified as Jeffrey Griffin - firing a round into the wall after entering the check-in area. The security guard initially jumped back in shock as the round ricocheted into the wall before lunging at the gunman, with additional shots going off as the pair wrestled.


The hero security guard managed to grip the shooter around the neck while holding onto the gun's barrel.


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Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said: "Of course, the security guard had an initial reaction, and then he ran directly - very close proximity - ran directly at the individual.


"He was able to grab a hold of him and the gun, and he held onto the barrel of the gun until help arrived - another security guard.


"Both of those security guards forced him out onto the sidewalk and held him on the ground until police arrived and were able to take him into custody."


A woman was shot in the leg in a separate incident at a property about a mile away earlier the same day, and according to police, Jeffrey Griffin was also responsible for the earlier shooting.



48-year-old Jeffrey Griffin has been charged with attempted murder, possession of a loaded firearm, reckless endangerment, possession of an assault rifle, and possession of an extended magazine.


John Flynn, Erie County District Attorney, praised the security guard's actions, saying things could have taken an "ugly" turn if it wasn't for their selfless bravery.


He said: "This could've gotten ugly really quick. Due to the quick action - quite frankly heroic in my opinion, by the two security officers, no one got hurt there."


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