Lockport Man Sentenced for Pointing Gun at Victim After Minor Vehicle Collision in North Buffalo

Modified: August 6, 2020 10:39am

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Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 63-year-old Jeffrey Calhoun of Lockport has been sentenced virtually by State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns to 2 years of probation.

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. 

A jury found Calhoun 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 March 6, 2020.

An order of protection will be issued on behalf of the victim, which will remain in effect for 3 years. The defendant’s pistol permit remains suspended at this time.

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.