L.I. House Fire Ends With Police-Involved Shooting

WEST BABYLON, N.Y. (1010 WINS) — A house fire turned violent in a quiet Long Island community when a home owner allegedly pulled out a gun on Saturday.

The fire happened at 9th Avenue and 5th Street in West Babylon around 6:30 p.m. Saturday night, 1010 WINS’ Terry Sheridan reports.

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Police said a man with a history of mental illness — 48-year-old Thomas J. Scimone — confronted and threatened to shoot firefighters when they arrived at the scene.  Scimone then ordered the firefighters out of the house and climbed out a rear bedroom window and ran into the neighborhood with a shotgun.

When responding officers caught up with him, police said Scimone pointed his gun at the officers, who responded by firing at him multiple times.

Scimone was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital, where he is listed in critical condition.

Eyewitnesses from the scene said it was within a matter of seconds that all hell broke loose.

“It all happened really quickly. The fire—it looked like they had it under control under that time. The flames had just died down,” Sal Albano said. “Within seconds you heard someone scream watch out he’s coming out get behind the fire engine.”

Tina Porto, a mother living in the neighborhood, said the gun shots frightened her and her children as officials yelled to take cover.

“A barrage of gun fire,” Albano said. “I heard a lot of gun fire. There were at least two or three people firing at once.”

“They ran around, they ran in my backyard, they ran around and all of a sudden you hear ‘Pop, pop, pop,’” she said. “Oh my God, they were saying ‘Get down, get down.’ They all just ran behind the fire trucks. They literally just laid down and I was standing there with my kids. Then I heard run so we ran.”

An ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Suffolk County Police Arson Squad, the Homicide Squad, and the Internal Affairs Bureau.

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  1. Ljohnson says:

    So many details left out of this story. Where did the chase end? where did all the bullets end up?

    1. Nick says:

      It is standard procedure for the police to deliberately mis-report items to the press. This is to prevent “eye witlessess” from coming foward a bit later with their “stories” that don’t match real police report.

  2. rocky 1023 says:

    @ Dan Te, well Dan fact one is the house is on 4th street not 5th as written, Im not famliy, I guess I just expect correct news when I read it from a news station, thanks all!

  3. DanTe says:

    Looks like the family of the mental re T ARD are all piping in here. What’s so hard to read about this story?

    Idiot in a burning house.
    Idiot runs wild with gun.
    Idiot gets shot.
    Now idiots of the idiot will sue the city for the “truth”.

    That clear enough for you idiots?

  4. Rocky 1023 says:

    They had so many facts wrong, really shabby!

  5. christine says:

    Totally agree!! I was also wondering what happened to this story. It seems so incomplete and poorly written.

  6. Jason Sharke says:

    Fantastic journalism – a vague, foggy and incomplete version of events which reads like it was written by someone who was thinking about something else at the time. It’s not just CBS New York, it’s the New York Post and the Daily News and every other media outlet. They’re all full of stories which are badly written, don’t make sense and full of grammatical and spelling mistakes. I think the decline in educational standards over the last 30 years is really starting to become apparent.

  7. Bob C says:

    They need to hire people who can write. Unbelievable!

  8. sawney bean says:

    Who else was firing? Was the guy wounded?

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