Gunman in Cheektowaga dollar store shooting arraigned on criminal mischief charge for damaging Sheriff’s transport vehicle

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 33-year-old Travis J. Green of Buffalo was arraigned this morning before Buffalo City Court Judge Peter J. Savage, III on one count of Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree (Class “E” felony).

It is alleged that on March 11, 2022, the defendant damaged the rear seat of an Erie County Sheriff’s Office vehicle. The defendant is accused of tearing the cushion while being transported from the Erie County Holding Center to the Erie County Court building on Delaware Avenue in the City of Buffalo, causing approximately $1,400 in property damage.

Green is scheduled to return on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at 9:30 a.m. for a felony hearing. Bail was set at $1 as the defendant is remanded on a separate pending criminal matter.

If convicted of the charge, Green faces a maximum of four years in prison.

Green has been held since his arrest in November 2017 for allegedly firing multiple rounds from an illegal assault rifle and shooting a customer during an incident at a Dollar General store on Union Road in the Town of Cheektowaga. The defendant was indicted on one count of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, one count of Assault in the First Degree (Class “B” violent felonies), one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree (Class “C” violent felony), one count of Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree (Class “D” felony).

Green was remanded to the custody of a state mental health facility after being found incompetent to stand trial in December 2019. Last month, Judge Sheila A. DiTullio ruled that the defendant is now competent to proceed. A jury trial has been scheduled for September 26, 2022. He remains held without bail at the Erie County Holding Center.

Green also has a third pending criminal case. On November 14, 2017, while incarcerated at the Erie County Holding Center, the defendant is accused of wrapping his bed sheet around his cell bars to prevent the gate from opening properly. When a jail deputy removed the sheet from the bars, the defendant allegedly punched the deputy through a small partition in the gate. He was arraigned on one count of Assault in the Second Degree (Class “D” felony). A return court date has not been scheduled at this time.

The case will be prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney John G. Schoemick of the Major Crimes 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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