A Cheektowaga man is facing multiple charges after allegedly shooting his girlfriend, according to local sources. New York police arrested the man, who was arraigned on March 6 and now faces several charges pertaining to the incident. The man has retained criminal defense representation, and the attorney was set to meet with his client for the first time on the date of the arraignment.
According to police in Cheektowaga, the man and his girlfriend were eating dinner at Texas De Brazil on March 5 when the incident occurred. Allegedly, the man reached into his pocket for his wallet and accidentally discharged his firearm. His girlfriend was shot in the leg.
She was taken to a local hospital and treated for non life-threatening injuries. She is currently in recovery. The man was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, possession of stolen property and reckless endangerment. There is no word as to whether he is still in police custody, or whether he has been released pending further court proceedings.
It will be important for the criminal defense attorney overseeing the man’s defense to carefully review all the evidence of the incident. The man is formally accused of not having lawful authority to possess the gun and that the gun was stolen. The charge of reckless endangerment typically involves wanton conduct that results in serious bodily harm to another individual. While the attorney may have his work cut out for him, the fact remains that the burden of proof is wholly upon New York prosecutors and the man is innocent in the eyes of the law unless and until each and every element of the charges are proved in court and beyond a reasonable doubt.