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Retired cop killed in Buffalo shooting hailed as ‘hero’ by local police


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A retired police officer who was one of 10 people killed in the mass shooting in Buffalo, New York on Saturday afternoon is being hailed a “hero” by the city’s police department.

Retired Buffalo police officer Aaron Salter was killed at Tops Markets grocery store while trying to protect others from shooter, 18-year-old Payton Gendron, according to reports.

Buffalo police respond to a shooting at Tops Friendly Market in Buffalo, NY on Saturday, May 14, 2022.
(AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)

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When Gendron entered the store, Salter, who worked as a security guard at the store, shot him with his gun multiple times. However, the shooter wore armored plates that deflected bullets. Gendron then shot Salter.

Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said Salter was “a hero in our eyes,” WIVB-TV Buffalo reported.

The police department contacted Salter’s family to offer their condolences.

Retired cop killed in Buffalo shooting hailed as ‘hero’ by local police

A crowd gathers as police investigate after a supermarket shooting Saturday, May 14, 2022 in Buffalo, NY Several people were shot dead at Tops Friendly Market. Police have informed the public that the alleged shooter is in custody.
(AP Photo/Joshua Bessex)

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“I had the pleasure of knowing him, a wonderful guy, very respected, very appreciated. It’s just horrible. It’s tragic. I don’t know what other words to describe him,” said the president of the Buffalo Police Benevolent Association, John Evans, according to the local outlet.

Salter was one of two people who died in the shooting to be identified. Ruth Whitfield, 86, was also killed in the shooting.

Retired cop killed in Buffalo shooting hailed as ‘hero’ by local police

Police secure an area around a supermarket where several people were killed in a shooting, Saturday May 14, 2022 in Buffalo, NY Officials said the shooter entered the supermarket with a gun and opened fire. Investigators believe the man may have broadcast the shooting live and was investigating whether he posted a manifesto online (Derek Gee/The Buffalo News via AP)
(Derek Gee/The Buffalo News via AP)

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In addition to the 10 people who were killed, three others were injured in Saturday’s incident.

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The shooter is charged with first degree murder and pleaded not guilty Saturday night.

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