Driver of vehicle that drove through protest charged for assault on police officer, state troopers

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 30-year-old Deyanna J. Davis of Buffalo has been arraigned before Buffalo City Court Judge Diane Wray on one count of Aggravated Assault upon a Police Officer, a Class “B” felony, two counts of Assault in the Second Degree, Class “D” felonies, one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a Class “C” felony, and one count of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fourth Degree, a Class “E” felony.

It is alleged that on Monday, June 1, 2020, at approximately 10:00 p.m., the defendant was the driver of a vehicle that drove through a blockade of law enforcement at a protest on Bailey Avenue and Decker Street in the City of Buffalo. A Buffalo Police officer and New York State trooper were hit by the vehicle. Another second trooper was run over by the vehicle, causing serious injuries including a shattered pelvis and a broken leg.

Investigators allegedly recovered a loaded handgun from inside the vehicle. The weapon was reported stolen from West Seneca in January 2020.

Davis is scheduled to return on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. for a felony hearing. Judge Wray set bail at $200,000.

If convicted on all charges, she faces a maximum of 25 in prison.

The Erie County District Attorney’s Office continues to investigate the incident.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Ryan D. Haggerty of the DA’s Tactical Prosecution Unit.

As are all persons accused of a crime, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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