Major Carla A. DiRienzo
Troop T Commander
Buffalo, NY – On June 18, 2022, at approximately 3:30 p.m., State Police attempted to stop a vehicle on I-190 in the city of Buffalo for multiple vehicle and traffic violations but the driver failed to comply, and a pursuit ensued. During the chase, Troopers observed the driver of the 2007 Chrysler Town & Country minivan throw a handgun out the window, before stopping shortly thereafter. The driver of the vehicle, Bryan K. Braswell Jr., 24, of Buffalo, NY, was then taken into custody and transported to SP Buffalo. Additional Troopers responded to the scene and located a loaded .38 caliber Smith & Wesson.
Further investigation determined Braswell is currently on Probation for a previous conviction of Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd degree. Braswell was subsequently charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd degree (Loaded Firearm other than in a person’s home/business); a Class C Felony, Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd degree (Previous Conviction); a Class D Felony, as well as Unlawful Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle 3rd degree, Obstructing Governmental Administration 2nd degree, and Reckless Driving; all Misdemeanors. He was transported to Buffalo City lockup pending an arraignment.