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Jose A Colon
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Birth: Jul. 2, 1970
Erie County
New York, USA
Death: Jul. 24, 2009
Erie County
New York, USA

Jose grew up on Buffalo's Lower West Side and attended Hutchinson-Central Technical High School. He later attended Rochester Institute of Technology, relatives said.

Police Commissioner H. Mc-Carthy Gipson described Colon as a "very active officer" who was assigned to the Mobile Response Unit. Gipson noted that Colon is the third city officer to die in the past five months. Earlier this year, Officers Richard D. Woods and Richard Cruz both died after suffering apparent heart attacks while off duty.

"This is being felt throughout the department," Gipson said. "It has shaken the entire department."

Colon, who has worked in the Ferry-Fillmore District and more recently the Mobile Response Unit, joined the police force in 1997, according to computer records.

He had a reputation as a go-getter, an aggressive officer never afraid to get out of his patrol car and chase down a suspect when necessary.

At the 2005 Buffalo Police Benevolent Association dinner, he was honored as officer of the month from the previous November, for his work in chasing and catching a heavily armed young man.

While on night patrol near Jefferson Avenue, Colon spotted a teenager crossing the street and then pulling a black handgun from his waistband. The armed teen fled north on Dodge Street, then broke into an apartment occupied by a mother and five children on Gerhardt Street. Colon found the teen hiding in a bathroom, according to police reports. Backup officers helped subdue the teen, before confiscating three handguns, a bullet-proof vest and crack cocaine.

The Buffalo News archives are filled with other stories involving Colon's arrests, often in cases where he chased and apprehended armed suspects.

Once, he and another officer even chased a man with a gun into a funeral home during a wake, in an incident that upset some people but earned the officers some praise in the police department.

The officer was divorced and has an 18-year-old son, police said.

Office Collon was hit by a drunk driver at the end of his shift and died at a local hospital 9 hours later

Forest Lawn Cemetery
Erie County
New York, USA
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