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NYS Corrections Officer on administrative leave arrested on gun charge

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of New York

BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Matthew R. Zamborowski, 48, of Hamburg, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with possession of a firearm or ammunition by a person under a qualifying Domestic Violence Order of Protection, which carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Donna M. Duncan, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, on May 6th, 2024, an Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy initiated a traffic stop on Route 219, just south of Route 39, after determining that the vehicle had a surrendered plate. The driver, Zamborowski, informed the deputy that he was concealing a firearm on his right hip and that he was a New York State Corrections Officer. When asked for his license, Zamborowski stated that he did not have one and that there may be issues with it due to unpaid tickets in court. The deputy returned to his vehicle, confirmed Zamborowski’s license status, and learned that he had been served an order of protection, which mandated him to surrender all firearms in his possession. As a result, Zamborowski was arrested and the deputy and secured Zamborowski’s firearm. The complaint further states that Zamborowski had five additional firearms in the trunk of his vehicle. A check with the New York State Albion Correctional Facility determined that Zamborowski was on administrative leave since February 2024, and that he should have returned his badge and State ID. Zamborowski was taken to the Erie County Holding Center.

The complaint is the result of an investigation by the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff John Garcia, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Bryan Miller, New York Field Division.

The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.  

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Barbara Burns


Updated June 12, 2024

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