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Cops: Freeport man arrested after shooting at friend

A despondent man threatened to kill a friend and then shot at her before barricading himself in the woman's house for hours before surrendering, Nassau police said.

Just before 4 a.m. Tuesday, a police negotiator coaxed the man, Ralph Mulia, 61, out of the basement of the Oakfield Avenue home in Freeport. The unemployed man faces charges that include attempted murder, menacing and criminal use of a firearm, said a department spokesman, Det. Sgt. Anthony Repalone.

Mulia is to be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Hempstead.

The woman, who wasn't publicly identified, had let Mulia - her friend of about five years - stay in her home for the previous few days during the holidays, Repalone said. He said he didn't know if the two are romantically involved.

"He became agitated . . . after an argument with his female friend," Repalone said.

That's when, before 8 p.m., he put a gun to the 65-year-old woman's head and threatened to kill her, police said. When she tried to call 911, he ripped the phone off the wall. Then he fired a shot at her as she ran - a round that struck the storm door, police said. She took refuge at a next-door neighbor's home.

Emergency police units arrived and spent the next seven hours trying to reach him by bullhorn and cell phone before storming the house, police said.

Once inside, they heard him in the basement, and the police hostage negotiator persuaded him to surrender, police said.

In less than 20 minutes the negotiator established a rapport with the suspect and persuaded Mulia, of 123 Park Ave. in Amityville, not to "do anything rash" but to surrender peacefully, Repalone said.

"The negotiator spoke to him and gave him the sense that there is hope - to rationalize things with him," Repalone said.

No one was hurt.

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