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Cops: Levittown tenant arrested after shooting at landlord

Nassau police investigate the scene where Rohan Kahn

Nassau police investigate the scene where Rohan Kahn allegedly got into a dispute with his landlord and gunshots were fired on Bloomingdale Road and Carter Lane in Levittown on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. Credit: Howard Schnapp

A landlord trying to collect rent in Levittown was chased and shot at Tuesday afternoon by a longtime tenant, who walked out to surrender after a two-hour standoff with police, authorities said.

The argument between the landlord and Rohan Kahn, 58, an upstairs renter in the Carter Lane home, escalated into a fight, and then shots being fired when Kahn picked up a rifle, Nassau police Insp. Kenneth Lack said at the scene.

"The tenant began to assault the landlord," Lack said. "The landlord attempted to leave the house and . . . [was] being chased by the tenant, who armed himself with a rifle. He fired several shots at the landlord as he was chasing him."

None of the shots hit the landlord, but one struck a car that was driving by, Lack said.

That driver was not hurt, and the landlord suffered minor cuts on his face from broken glass, but declined treatment, he said.

Hostage negotiators, special operations officers and a police helicopter were dispatched to surround the block shortly after 2 p.m., when shots were heard, police said.

Kahn, who turned 58 on Tuesday, surrendered at 4:35 p.m., and officers found a rifle in the house, where he has lived for years, police said.

Kahn was to be taken to the Second Precinct to be charged, police said.


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