Police: Gun-wielding man killed by cops in Shirley
Suffolk County police shot and killed a Shirley man after he opened fire on responding officers with a shotgun and a rifle outside his home on Friday night, authorities said.
An officer responding to the scene was shot in his gun belt but was not injured, according to Det. Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick of the Suffolk County Police Homicide Squad.
The standoff, which police said lasted 10 minutes, began about 11 p.m. at 163 Carleton Dr. East in Shirley when neighbors heard a man yelling about New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and firing a weapon, police said.
Officers approached the rear of the house and were confronted by the man, who was armed with a shotgun, police said.
The man, whom police described only as middle-aged and living alone, shot five times at the officers, who returned fire and took cover, police said.
The suspect then retreated into the home but returned several minutes later, shooting at officers through a front screen door, this time with a rifle, while wearing a military-style helmet and a bulletproof vest, Fitzpatrick said.
He fired a total of 10 more rounds without saying a word to police, Fitzpatrick said. After the man came through the door and proceeded toward police, still firing his weapon, officers returned fire, killing the man on his front lawn, Fitzpatrick said.
Fitzpatrick said the man had additional magazines filled with ammunition.
Denise A. Ortiz, who said she lives several houses away, said, "I basically heard some popping noises that I thought were firecrackers. We have lots of teenagers in the area and sometimes they set them off . . . I just feel bad that it had to end with someone losing his life. He must have been under a lot of duress to lose it like that."
Police have not released the name of the dead man, whose body was taken to the county medical examiner's office, although Homicide Squad detectives investigating the shooting said they believe they know his identity. Fitzpatrick said police have never been called to the house for other complaints.
Suffolk police set up a mobile command center at the Ridge Fire Department across from the house and closed a section of Carleton Drive East.
With Joan Gralla