Jury Finds Defendant Guilty of Menacing for Pointing Gun at Victim After Minor Car Crash

Modified: March 6, 2020 12:40pm

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Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that a jury has found 63-year-old Jeffrey Calhoun of Lockport guilty of one count of Menacing in the Second Degree, a Class “A” misdemeanor. The defendant was acquitted of all other charges in the indictment against him. The jury rendered their decision after approximately 11 hours of deliberations following a two-day trial.

On Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at approximately 11:25 a.m., the defendant was driving northbound on Colvin Avenue near Sanders Road in the City of Buffalo when his pickup truck was rear-ended by another vehicle. After the crash, the defendant approached the female driver of the other vehicle then walked back to his pickup truck. The female driver then exited her vehicle and walked away from the scene. The defendant followed the victim and attempted to keep her at the scene by holding onto her purse.

Several witnesses observed the interaction and attempted to intervene. During the incident, the defendant pulled out a licensed pistol from his hip holster and brandished the weapon in front of the victim and witnesses. One witness captured the incident on cell phone video.  

Calhoun faces a maximum of 1 year in jail when he is sentenced by State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. He remains released on $75,000 bail that was posted in Buffalo City Court.

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

The case was prosecuted by Chief Justin T. Wallens and Assistant District Attorney Sean B. Bunny of the DA’s Felony Trials Bureau.