City Officer Charged

A Jamestown police officer has been charged with second-degree obstructing governmental administration following an off-duty incident last week at his residence.

Officer Michael A. Bush, of Baker Street Extension, was arraigned Tuesday night in Ellicott Court after police said he threatened to harm himself with a firearm on Jan. 17. Police were originally dispatched to the residence for a report of a distraught male.

After talking to officers for three hours, Bush, 42, agreed to seek medical treatment at Lake Shore Health Care Center in Irving. Ellicott police transported Bush to the hospital.

Officers from Ellicott, Jamestown, Lakewood-Busti, the State Police and the Sheriff’s Office responded to the incident. First responders from Celoron also were dispatched.

Jamestown Police Chief Harry Snellings in a news release said Bush has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation. Snellings, who had no comment when contacted, noted in his release that the incident occurred while Bush was off duty and outside the city.

Sgt. Matt Kubinski of the Ellicott Police Department confirmed a SWAT team was called to the Baker Street residence. Kubinski said Bush’s wife was home at the time, but said she was never in danger.

“I just want him to get the help he needs,” Kubinski said.

Bush has been with the Jamestown Police Department for at least 9 years, and was with the Ellicott Police Department in a part-time position before that.