Nassau police shot and wounded an Albertson man Wednesday after he aimed what officers thought was a handgun at them.
It turned out to be a BB gun, police said later.
Brian Reilly, 56, of 97 Netz Place, was shot in the right leg, right hand and left thigh. He was taken to a hospital and treated for the nonlife-threatening wounds, police said.
Reilly was charged with two counts of menacing a police officer, second-degree menacing, and two counts of fourth-degree possession of a dangerous weapon.
The drama began about 10:20 a.m. when a 22-year-old Netz Place resident pulled into his own driveway, and was confronted by Reilly pointing what appeared to be a black handgun at him, police said.
No words were spoken, and the man ran into his house and called 911, police said.
Jodi Bancroft, who lives on Netz Place, said later in an interview that she also saw a man with a gun running down the street. "It was terrifying," Bancroft said. "I thought he was going to shoot someone."
When police responded to the 911 call, they were given a description of the subject which was broadcast.
A short time later, Reilly was seen by officers walking on Netz Place.
Officers ordered Reilly to show his hands, police said, but instead he pulled what looked like a handgun from his waistband and pointed it at the officers. They responded by withdrawing their service weapons.
Insp. Kenneth Lack, a police spokesman said, "The officers, fearing for their safety, fired and struck the suspect several times."
Another area resident, Lisa Fox, said she was in her backyard at the time.
"I heard three loud bangs -- pop, pop, pop," she said. "It was very scary."
Police did not say specifically how many shots were fired by responding officers, other than that there were at least three shots fired during the encounter.
With Kevin Deutsch