Defendant Pleads Guilty to Attempted Murder and Gun Charges for Shooting at Buffalo Police Officers

Modified: October 13, 2021 1:47pm

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Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 25-year-old Robert B. McBride of Buffalo pleaded guilty yesterday morning before State Supreme Court Justice Paul B. Wojtaszek to one count of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree (Class “B” violent felony) and one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree (Class “C” violent felony).

On April 4, 2019, at approximately 4:30 a.m., Buffalo Police were on routine patrol in the vicinity of Lang and Newburgh Avenues when they were approached by a resident who told the officers that he heard a gunshot fired after he witnessed a man attempting to break into his daughter’s vehicle.

A short time later, the police officers approached the defendant, who matched the description of the suspect provided by the resident, nearby on Courtland Avenue. The defendant pulled out a gun, pointed it at the officers, and he ran off. A short distance away, the defendant fired multiple shots in the direction of the officers. No officers were injured by the gunfire.

An illegal handgun was recovered, which was linked to the defendant through DNA.

McBride faces a maximum of 25 years in prison when he is sentenced on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. He continues to remain held without bail.

DA Flynn commends the Buffalo Police Department for their work in the investigation.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Matthew S. Szalkowski of the Tactical Prosecution Unit and Chief Patrick B. Shanahan of the Felony Trials Bureau.