19 April 2020
Major James M. Hall
Troop A Commander



*UPDATE* On April 17, 2020, the Bureau of Criminal Investigation arrested Davaris M. Hodge, 28 of Lockport, NY for Murder 2nd degree (A-I Felony) and Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd degree (C Felony).

On April 12, 2020 at approximately 2:33 A.M., Troopers out of SP Lockport responded to a possible shooting on Cambridge Drive in the town of Lockport.  Troopers located the victim, Leon Johnson, 36 at his residence in Lockport, NY.  Johnson sustained multiple gunshot wounds and Troopers rendered medical aid but Johnson succumb to his wounds.  Johnson was taken to Erie County Medical Center for an autopsy.  The Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) out of SP Lockport continued with the investigation and ultimately locating Hodge at a motel in Rochester, NY.  Hodge was arrested and brought to SP Batavia for processing.  Hodge was arraigned in Niagara County and remanded to the Niagara County Jail.

NYSP Forensic Identification Unit, Niagara County District Attorney’s Office, Troop E Bureau of Criminal Investigation and local law enforcement agencies assisted in this investigation.

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