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Ex-cop Aaron Salter Jr. killed shooting Buffalo shooter

The former supermarket security guard, who died in an exchange of gunfire with the Buffalo supermarket shooter on Saturday, has died a “hero”, his son has said.

Aaron Salter Jr. has been identified by his son as the beloved Tops Friendly Markets security guard and former Buffalo cop who tried to arrest the teenage suspect, according to the Daily Beast.

“Today is a shock,” his son Aaron Salter III told the news site.

“I’m pretty sure he saved lives today. He’s a hero.

Salter Jr. pulled out his gun and shot Payton Gendron, but his bullet was unable to pierce the 18-year-old’s armored tactical gear, officials said.

Gendron then shot the guard before continuing his hate-fueled rampage at the grocery store, which serves the predominantly black neighborhoods of Masten Park and Kingsley, according to Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia.

He was eventually confronted by Buffalo cops and taken into custody. Gendron later pleaded not guilty to killing 10 people and injuring three. Investigators say it was fueled by hatred of people of color. Eleven of his victims were black.

Former Buffalo Police Officer Aaron Salter Jr. died while trying to stop suspected shooter Payton Gendron from shooting in the open at a Tops supermarket.
REUTERS/Jeffrey T. Barnes

Prior to the murderous rampage, Salter Jr. had spent the past four years working at the supermarket after a three-decade career with the Buffalo Police Department, his son told The Daily Beast.

Salter Jr. left behind three children and reportedly joined the police department right out of high school.

Ex-cop Aaron Salter Jr. killed shooting Buffalo shooter
Aaron Salter III applauded his slain father, Aaron Salter Jr., for saving people.

Her mother Carol worked as a cashier at a Buffalo Tops supermarket for 15 years before becoming a frontline manager until her retirement in 1986, the outlet reported.

She and her husband Aaron Salter, Sr., both since deceased, went on to open a dry cleaning business, according to the article.

In 1996, Salter Jr. survived an encounter with a suspect who pointed a shotgun at him during a burglary call, according to The Buffalo News.

“My first reaction was to duck,” Salter Jr. said. to shoot us. My partner probably saved us.

Salter Jr.’s latest passion was building environmentally sustainable vehicles, according to his LinkedIn profile.

“I’m a jack of all trades, a master of none,” his profile for his job at AWS Hydrogen Technologies, LLC modestly read.

“I’m still working on my vehicles [sic] and or my project of running engines on water for about four years, I would like to realize one day my dream of running cars on water using my newly discovered source of energy.

Salter Jr. demonstrated how his 2010 Ford F-150 operated using his AWS hydrogen fuel system in a video posted to YouTube.

Ex-cop Aaron Salter Jr. killed shooting Buffalo shooter
Payton Gendron is accused of shooting and killing 10 people at a Tops supermarket in Buffalo, New York.
Mark Mulville/The Buffalo News via AP

The system used water to run the truck after it was started with gasoline, he explained.

“So we’re going to do four experiments today for the patent examiners,” he said while dressed in a Police Benevolent Association shirt.

“What my system did was take advantage of the residue produced by electrolysis. So we will start this vehicle without electrolysis,” he said.

His son, Salter, III, had taken to Facebook in 2019 to report an attack similar to the one that claimed his father’s life, the outlet noted.

“If I hear another story of someone mass shooting innocent people or like yesterday the 20 year old in Missouri who when (sic) went to Walmart with an assault rifle and 100 rounds and recorded himself making comments to people shopping i’m gonna lose (sic) my mind,” he wrote.

“We can’t even do everyday things without having to watch our backs and it’s scary af! The sad thing is that I feel like a lunatic near me is going do something soon and I’m not ready for it.

With post wires