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David Lemp of Center Moriches arrested in fatal shooting of Nathanial Lathan

David Lemp, 38, of Center Moriches, was arrested

David Lemp, 38, of Center Moriches, was arrested Tuesday and charged with first degree manslaughter in the shooting death early Sunday of Nathanial Lathan, 47, also of Center Moriches. Credit: SCPD

Suffolk police said they arrested a Center Moriches man Tuesday in connection with a fatal shooting early Sunday of a roommate inside his home.

David Lemp, 38, faces a first-degree manslaughter charge in the death of Nathanial Lathan, 47, also of Center Moriches, police said.

Lemp shot Lathan sometime after midnight Sunday in his home at 26 Bowditch Lane, police said.

With a bullet wound in one of his legs, Lathan drove away from the house after the shooting and eventually pulled into the parking lot of a 7-Eleven about a mile and a half from Lemp’s house, police said. At 2:40 a.m., someone inside the convenience store called 9/11.

Lathan was transported to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center where he later died, police said.

Arraignment for Lemp is scheduled for Wednesday in First District Court in Central Islip. Until then, he’ll remain at the Seventh Precinct in Shirley, police said.

Lemp has prior convictions for misdemeanor criminal contempt and felony attempted robbery, according to court records. He pleaded guilty in both cases, the records said. An order of protection was issued against Lemp for three years in the contempt case. A judge ordered him to pay a $500 fine and complete 450 hours of community service on the attempted robbery charge, according to records.

Residents living near Lemp said they were awakened at about 6 a.m. Tuesday by yelling and banging noises after several Suffolk police vehicles descended on Lemp’s home.

Two people were soon led away in handcuffs but it was unclear if Lemp was one of those in custody.

Lemp had lots of people going in out of his home, neighbors said, but kept mostly to himself.

A boat dock with several slips is located behind Lemp’s home. Lillian Penney said before she moved to another neighborhood nearby that she had lived next door to Lemp for 10 years. Penney said Lemp owned a boat he docked behind his house and was always friendly to her.

Other neighbors said they didn’t see him much but when they did, it was often when he was behind the wheel of his pickup truck with “Big Dave” written on the back.

Rodney Morrison, the former bootleg cigarette magnate on the Poospatuck Indian Reservation in Mastic, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Central Islip federal court to a charge of racketeering conspiracy for selling bootleg cigarettes, possibly ending a case that has stretched on for more than eleven years, officials said.

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