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Buffalo man sentenced for assaulting FBI agent


Fri, Jun 9th 2023 09:20 am

Submitted by the U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of New York, Public Affairs Office

U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced Tyler Collins, 27, of Buffalo, who was convicted of assaulting a federal officer and causing a bodily injury, was sentenced to time served (approximately nine months) and three years’ supervised release by Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.

Assistant U.S. attorneys Franz M. Wright and Douglas A. C. Penrose, who handled the case, stated that, on July 12, 2022, at approximately 4 p.m., Collins attempted to enter the FBI-Buffalo Division main office, but was denied entry by the security guards inside of the front door. At the time, three federal agents were walking back to the main office and encountered Collins, who they observed was yelling into the intercom system. Collins was heard yelling expletives while physically banging on the FBI building’s door demanding entry. One of the federal agents attempted to calm Collins, at which time Collins punched the federal agent, physically assaulting him. One of the other federal agents discharged pepper spray, in an attempt to subdue Collins, who then fled on Elmwood Avenue. Collins was later taken into custody that evening after he was found walking on Delaware Avenue.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Matthew Miraglia, and the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia.

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