Flynn: No Charges Against Wingo in Gun Incident

Wingo brought gun into Riverside High School last week

Tom Puckett
May 23, 2019 - 4:06 pm

Buffalo Common Councilman. May 15, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)


Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Erie County's top prosecutor says he will not file charges againt Buffalo Common Councilmember Ulysses Wingo, who brought a loaded gun into a Buffalo high school last week.

District Attorney John Flynn says that doesn't mean Wingo did not commit a crime. "Councilman Wingo technically committed a crime of criminal possession of a weapon on school grounds," says Flynn. "That law states it's illegal to possess a gun on school property unless you have written authorization." Flynn says because of the totality of the situation, he's using common sense and will not charge Wingo with a crime. "He came to the school in his official capacity, he was attending an assembly at Riverside High School, he has a legal right to carry a gun, and when he got on school grounds he immediately realized he had a gun on him, and asked for security right away.

Flynn Wingo should have gone home and locked up the gun instead of putting into a school safe.

However, Flynn says Wingo did the right thing once he realized he brought gun into school. 

Buffalo Teachers Federation President Phil Rumore is upset with the decision not to prosecute Wingo and calls it a double standard.

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