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Top cop: Fatal shooting of suspect in Merrick ‘justified’

Nassau police investigate after being called to a

Nassau police investigate after being called to a residence in Merrick early Wednesday. Credit: Howard Schnapp

The man killed in his Merrick home last week by a Nassau cop came at the officer with a shard of glass and was shot after an attempt to subdue him with a stun gun failed, the Nassau police commissioner said Thursday.

Police identified the man for the first time Thursday as Alan Goyano, 43, and released some details of the June 6 shooting, which Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said was “justified.”

“He had the glass in his hand, raised over his head, charging at the officers,” Ryder said, adding that Goyano was nude during the confrontation.

The broken glass, which Ryder described as about eight to nine inches long, came from a damaged front door.

Goyano continued to advance on the officers despite being hit with a stun gun, Ryder said. One of the officers then opened fire.

“He ripped the Taser out and continued to attack the officer who was in the corner,” Ryder said. “His partner then shot and that was the fatal shot.”

Neither the officer who shot Goyano nor his partner have been identified by Nassau police.

The state attorney general’s office — empowered to determine whether a person shot and killed by police was armed and dangerous at the time of his or her death — is reviewing the shooting, a spokesman said in an email.

A man, who identified himself as Goyano’s son, declined to comment on Thursday.

Nassau police said the fatal shooting followed a 911 call from a woman who shared the house with Goyano and a young girl. Police said it was a “violent” domestic disturbance call.

“The subject had hit her in the face with a gun a few times,” Ryder said.

The two officers responded at about 1:45 a.m. to the home on Murray Place. By the time they arrived, the woman and the girl, neither of whom were named Thursday by police, had fled the residence, Ryder said.

Both officers went inside and encountered Goyano holding the piece of glass, Ryder said. After Goyano refused orders to drop the shard, one of the officers fired a stun gun at him.

Police later recovered a weapon — the gun Goyano used to hit the woman in the hallway — next to the door, Ryder said. At no time, Ryder said, did Goyano threaten the officers with the gun.

Other details of the shooting were not released Thursday, police said, because the homicide squad has not completed its investigation.

Police have yet to provide the distance between Goyano and the officers when he was shot; whether Goyano was struck by one or both bullets; what type of gun they recovered; where in the house the shooting took place, or the relationship between Goyano and the woman who called for help.

“We’re not furnishing those details,” Det. Lt. Richard LeBrun said.

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