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Date Sep 12, 2018
Time 3:14 AM
Department Buffalo Police Department
Officers Elnur S. Karadzhaev
Address Plymouth Ave
Buffalo, NY

Incident Description

CW: In response to a 911 call of a man with a gun at about 3:05 a.m, Buffalo Police officer Elmur Karadzhayev shot and killed Rafael “Pito” Rivera as he was running away. Karadzhayev was placed on administrative leave. Erie County District Attorney John Flynn announced that there would be no charges filed against Karadzhayev after a nearly three-month investigation. The family of Pito filed a civil lawsuit. The City of Buffalo, the Buffalo Police Department, Officer Karadzhayev, and an unknown officer were all named as defendants in the lawsuit.


  • Notice of Claim
    Denice Rivera, Individually and as Parent of Rafael Rivera, deceased, Claimant, -against- Buffalo Police Department, and The City of Buffalo Respondents - Marsha McLeod (Data Journalism Degree at Columbia University)
  • No prosecution in deadly police shooting
    In an announcement Monday, Erie County District Attorney John Flynn said the Buffalo police officer who fatally shot Rafael “Pito” Rivera in September did nothing wrong and will not be prosecuted. - Marsha McLeod of Investigative Post
  • Attorney: Video shows “bad shoot” by police
    Rafael “Pito” Rivera was running from police and posed no threat to officers when one of them shot him several times in the back. - Investigative Post


  • Edited surveillance footage of Buffalo-police involved shooting
    CW: This enhanced and edited video, provided by attorneys for the family of Rafael "Pito" Rivera, shows the fatal shooting of Rivera by Buffalo police on Sept. 12, 2018, in front of the former School 77 on Plymouth Avenue on the city's West Side. This video repeats a clip of the surveillance video at various speeds and levels of zoom. The video was originally provided to the family by PUSH Buffalo, a social justice organization that now occupies the former school property. The footage is from a security camera on their building.