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Rafael Rivera, 32
Buffalo, New York
September 12, 2018

Agencies: Buffalo Police Department New York | Erie County Sheriff's Office New York

Last updated: about 2 months ago

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32-year-old, Rafael Rivera, of Buffalo was shot and killed by Officer Elnur Karadzhaev, after police responded to the area of Plymouth and Massachusetts to investigate a report of a man with a gun.

While family and friends believe he was shot while running away, police say Rivera came face to face with the officers. Investigators say Karadzhaev fired on Rivera when he wouldn't put down his gun.

Karadzhaev was treated and released from ECMC, no word on his injuries he suffered.

Investigators from the police department's internal affairs and homicide bureaus are looking at multiple videos which capture different moments leading up to the shooting. Some show a few seconds of a foot chase, but one video supposedly shows the deadly encounter between Rivera and Officer Elmur Karadzhayev.