Police: Homeowner Shoots Intruder To Death In East Islip

Updated 4/14/2011 10:27 a.m.

EAST ISLIP, NY (WCBS 880) –  A home invasion on Long Island turned deadly for one of the suspects early Wendesday morning.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall: Neighbors Shocked By The Outbreak Of Violence

Police told WCBS 880 reporter Sophia Hall that a gunman and two other suspects forced their way inside a two-story, yellow-colored home on Adams Street in East Islip around 2 a.m.

Once inside the home, the suspect armed with a .22 caliber rifle shot the family’s pit bull. A man who lives in the home, grabbed a shotgun and returned fire, police said.

Philipe Robinette (credit: Suffolk County Police Department)

Philipe Robinette (credit: Suffolk County Police Department)

One suspect, identified by police as Fred Flock, 27,  of Coram, died on the back porch. Another suspect was wounded and hospitalized, police said. A third suspect, identified as Philipe Robinette, 27, of Aquebogue, fled the scene but was later caught by authorities.

Robinette has been charged with burglary.

Residents expressed shock after the violent early morning incident.

“We never have any problems. Nothing ever happens in this neighborhood,” one person said.

“If you have to protect yourself, you have protect yourself. [If] someone breaks into my house, I would probably do the same thing,” another neighbor said.

The dog is expected to survive. The man and two women who live in the home were not injured.

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  • The Real Devenio

    I consider myself a liberal. Yet I believe that the people have the right to bear arms and use them if need be. If someone were to break into my home and I had no form of protection then I’m a fool.

    • Norman56

      You may be a Liberal, but you’re not an idiot. Only idiots think that people should not have access to the necessary tools to protect themselves.

  • tony

    If they had gone and raped your wife and daughters in front of you and then started a fire killing them like what happened in Conneticut, would you be so compassionate. Anyone who enters your house at 2 am. should immediately be assumed to be a potential murderer of your family. To assume otherwise and put your family at risk is foolhardy.

  • Tigerized

    When seconds count, the police are only minutes away. All the police can do in these instances is fill out the report and call the coroner to collect the bodies of the victims.

    If you’d ever been assaulted at gunpoint, you’d lose the Pollyanna mindset and recognize that people have the right to defend their lives.

    To answer your question, what is wrong with this country is people who think that someone else will always protect them. False assumption.

  • Marc Simone

    This is the feel-good story of the day. I am very gratified that these criminals encountered some deadly violence. It is unfortunate that all three were not killed dead. But props to the homeowner who at least nailed one of them. Also good news that the dog will survive.

  • Marc Simone

    The only mistake the homeowner made was not killing all 3 of the criminals.

  • Peter

    I think the homeowner did the right thing. I wish more people would do this lets cut the prison population out there. POp POp POp !!! now we are talking !!!!! there will be three sqaure meals for the other two that survived and while they have there meals in prison they will have plenty of time to think about there friend who is dead.

  • Bell Toller

    was the homeowner up at 2am or wa she awaken?

  • Carlos The Gringo

    nice shooting sir – wrack one up for the good guys

    • Michael Scully

      yes thats the the right way save money on legal aid they all deserved the death sentence ,,,,,,,,no appeals needed

  • old nasty

    Everbody has it all wrong,when our fore fathers were adding amendments,it was on an extremely hot and humid day.When so many of them were complaining about the heat.One of them said,you have a right to bear arrms.So they all changed into short sleeve shirts!

  • sure shot

    how dare they protect themselves. what is this country coming too. cant even rob a house any more. wheres the change obama promised. i’mmoving to north korea, maybe mexico its nice and warm and lots of dope.

  • 9mm_Mark
  • NRA Life member

    If you own a firearm for self defense or believe in the right to own a firearm for self defense; please join or renew a membership with the NRA (easy to find on the Internet). From just reading these comments from the people that would want to disarm possibly future victims of criminals is enough to see why we need to protect our 2 nd Amendment Rights. thank you

    • RedLgs14

      I am a NRA LifeMember as well. Thank God for the 2nd. Ammendment.

  • J

    I keep saying AMERICANS have to start toting heat. Cops can’t be everywhere!

  • james bond

    great job wish he killed them both.hope the dog will be ok

  • william sinclair

    cbs is great–you are making this stuff up. Washington, Jefferson etc. never said these things. You should be ashamed.

    • David Cirasuolo

      actually mr sinclair, they did. you can google the quotes.

  • thetrickster

    I consider myself a liberal and am against automatic and heavy auto weapons in anyone’s hands but am all for a person owning a weapon and keeping it in their home for just these instances. The intruder shot his dog and had it been me and had I a handgun permit I would have shot the intruders as well. If they killed the dog, which I loved, who’s to say they wouldn’t kill me and my family next.

    Contrary to what others believe, I don’t think the homeowner deserves a medal, nor a parade. He killed a man in an unfortunate event and will likely deal with some mental trauma for years. I think it’s important that this scenario isn’t glorified. It’s a horrible event for all involved.

    • T,P.W.

      Now just why do you think EVERYONE who has had the occasion to defend him/herself and actually kill the attacker would have a mental issue with that?

      Not everyone has that problem.

      Evidently you just might.

    • Self reliant

      Think of the mental trauma of watching your wife and daughter being raped while your beloved dog is bleeding to death, and they haven’t even dealt with you yet!

    • Norman56

      I disagree about the Class III weapons as the 2nd amendment is about defending ourselves against the Government, should the need arise, and it could.

      AS far as the homeowner, maybe his trauma can be llessened by the complete understanding and praise we heap on hiom, instead of namby-pamby land kind of feel good therapy. He took a life, yeah, a worthless sack of dog-poo life.

  • The Facts

    You have a Second Amendment right to apply for a premises / residence pistol license from the New York City Police Department”s License Division. If you are over 21, not a criminal, insane or an addict and you cooperate with the investigators you will be granted a license to defend yourself at home and practice at a range. The mayor’s personal opinion about gun ownership has no bearing on this. The U.S. Supreme Court validated this right last year.

    • BrooklynBlue

      Uh this was in LONG ISLAND, not NYC..

      • The Facts

        Suffolk County and all other New York counties and the cities of New York and Buffalo issue pistol licenses under New York State law. While the licensing agencies may vary, the Second Amendment still applies to everyone in this country. The venue of the incident was apparent but the point of the comment was to educate the uninformed / misinformed.

  • Joe Gunz

    If you’re going to pull a gun be prepared to use it. Shoot to kill.

  • danny

    1. Please leave political nonsense out of it. They have us all fooled. They agree with what they agree with until the other party says it, then they disagree. (Look at Rep. Romney. Healthcare for all, until the Libs asked for it. Then it was called socialism.) Politics are full ‘o bull.
    2. The homeowner is a hero. He/She deserves a statue, parade and a day in his/her honor.
    3. A reason for gun control in NYC is because we live on top of everybody else. If we fire at a criminal, we have a better chance of hitting an innocent civilian. Many gun owners do not go to a range as often as they should. Bad aim.

    • Norman56

      Actually, the Sullivan Law was a response to criminals who were Sullivan’;s Constituency in his District of NYC, which were facing too many armed victims…

  • JIM


  • yazdi chichgar

    Going to the range from time to time pays off !

  • Joe Gunz

    Shoot first and ask questions later….I live around the block from this and I would have stood over them and added a round just to make sure. I own my guns legally and this is a perfect example why people should have the right to bear arms. Let the liberals have their way and we would be talking about dead homeowners.

  • jerseyjoey

    Liberals crack me up, one DFA on this post said all parties had guns so this is not just a break in its something more, Paaaalease what a croc of Liberal fodder. Bottom line here is the man protcted his family and him self with a fire arm that was legal and He is protected under the friggin constitutionfor his actions, God bless him and its sad he didnt kill em all but then again who needs a haunted house full of lowlife ghosts.

  • Jaimito

    What you cowboys don’t realize is that 2-3 people die in gun accidents, stray bullets, mistaken ID’s or other mishaps for every crook killed arguably in self-defense. And that’s not counting suicides or homicides when passions flare up. Your gun is 40 times more likely to kill you or someone you love than to kill a crook. Just to keep things in perspective

    • Daniel P.

      What you, cowboy, don’t realize is that 20-30 people die in car accidents, stray stray vehicles, mistaken signs or other mishaps for every person who gets to work on time. And that’s not counting suicides or homicides when passions flare up. Your car is 40 times more likely to kill you or someone you love than is a gun. Just to keep things in perspective. And while you have a CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT to own a gun, you do NOT have a CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT to own a car. Ban cars. NOT guns. THOUSANDS of lives could be saved if we just take that one simple step. People lived eithout cars for hudreds of years in this country. They did NOT live without their guns.

    • The Facts

      Please cite the sources for the statistics you claim. Otherwise, there is no reason to believe them.

    • Norman56

      Nope. You have your facts wrong. Where did you get them? If you read the Book by John Lott, you’ll see the facts as his exhaustive study of every county in the USA, and their crime rates, shows they reduce crime, and if you look at actual accidents, you’ll see bathtubs, swimming pools, and bicycles lead firearms in accidental deaths. Firearms are way, way down the list.

  • Snarkly

    Doesn’t anybody recognize that Joe was Joeking? Sheesh!!! Give the guy his props. GreaT sarcasm! Go Joe!

  • Y.A. Tittle

    Remember this incident when our illustirious leader in the white house want’s to remove the 2nd ammendment from the constitution.

  • James Bond

    A few more lowlife crooks and murderers die of lead poisoning. Always a good thing no?

    • Self reliant

      It’s better to give than to receive

  • FedUp

    I’m not for turing this country into the wild wild west, but I have to say that this incident serves as a great argument for stepping back current gun control laws (which only restrict the average person – not the criminals).

    How about tightening up laws governing those who get caught using a gun in a crime, and loosening laws for ownership (and carrying) of guns for those not committing a crime.

    Besides, isn’t there something called the 2nd Amendment?

    Just my two cents…

    • Self Relient

      Actually, if you check the gun death stats in the territories during the “wild west” days, they weren’t so wild as Hollywood made them. Remember ” An armed society is a polite society”

  • AL

    Hopefullly this Moron Bloomberg and other liveral trash in NY is reading this news. One less scambag in this world!! I can feel the air much fresher already.

  • ASdigital13

    Good for the homeowner! and good riddance to the POS that died on the porch, i hope the same can be said of the POS that is hospitalized. Great outcome all around. I love seeing a honest citizen showing the public the practical application of the 2nd Ammendment.

  • Craig Morgan

    trhis why the associated press thru the freedom of information act wanted the list of all gun owners in chicago so they could let all criminals which house to avoid. good for the homeowner hopefully these crooks wont survive.

    • Greg

      You’re forgetting that the NY State Police already listed the names and addresses of all NYS pistol permit holders and gave them to a dirtbag California group. This was all published about a year ago.

  • Brooklyn Gemini

    The intruder shot first. The owner could have been killed too. He was protecting his own life. He had a reasonable reason to believe his life was in danger. And if you didn’t know, you can go to jail for killing a dog too. You kill a police dog, they charge you with murder.

  • Brooklyn Gemini

    The intruder shot first. The owner could have been killed too. He was protecting his own life. He had a reasonable reason to believe his life was in danger. And if you didn’t know, you can go to jail for killing a dog too. You kill a police dog, they charge you with murder.

    • M Shields

      couldn’t have said it better!

  • Mayhem

    do you have you FOID card?

  • I.M. Packin

    I won’t lie……..my only concern when I read this was weather the dog survived.

    • Brooklyn Gemini

      Would be a shame if it didn’t.

  • Josie

    Very good. This will teach all those useless crooks out there, that they can get killed too!!!. If the guys had lived, the victim would have been the criminal (in other words), because some lawyer will say the poor guy (the real criminal) thought that was his house.. anything to let him go.. and harass honest citizens….. WOW – good job!!!

  • M Shields

    I live two blocks frow there. Nice quiet neighborhhod. Intruders got what they deserved!

  • David Flores

    hahahaha nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • joe

    gun control!!!

    Home owner should call 911, and warn the intruder before shooting them..

    the man shot a dog.. and he get death penalty… what is justice in that???

    • Theo

      are you serious??? when somebody breaks into your home, possibly to RAPE & kill your daughters or wife, obviously has a gun because he shot your dog why don’t you take the time to call 911 and warn them before you shoot. I’m sure they’ll give you the same respect and warn you before they pull the trigger.

    • Chris

      Joe, grammar is not your strong point. Your lack of a grammatically correct response makes you appear even more ignorant.

    • Lew

      Yeah… Mr. Robber sir, Please put your gun away and leave my house… get real!! The guy should have thought twice about breaking into someone’s house. The homeowner did what they felt they had to do in order to protect themselves and their family.

      • Ioannis Hatzioanou

        Kirio Voskopoulos

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    • Mike

      Sorry Joe, but the homeowner should have done nothing more and nothing less than exactly what they did.

      Even in NY, which has weak Castle Law, the law is pretty clear: No duty to retreat if one is in their own dwelling and is not the initial aggressor.

    • Dimitrios Voskopoulos

      Joe are you serious?, why stop there? why not allow the intruder to SHOOT first and if you’re alive, THEN call 911………..what an idiot.

    • Ham Hands

      Don’t be so upset with Joe, he is obviously of very low intelligence. These homeowners exercised their Constitutional rights. Glad they had the composure to act so swiftly. Good for them.

    • AngyrMan

      Says the career criminal

    • louis beck

      This guy just boosted the security of everyone in his neighborhood. Now every thief thinks twice before entering a house, carrying a gun, using it, and showing obvious intent to harm any one who gets in their way. This Homeowner is a hero for his whole town, if not all of America

    • Jersey Boy

      I think you mean ‘the victim of an armed assault’ instead of the ‘homeowner’ and the ‘armed man in the commission of felony’ instead of ‘the man’.

    • Vince

      Go for it, joe. If your life and the life of your family mean so little to you, don’t ever buy a gun. Go ahead and rely on 911 for the cops to be there in 30 seconds.

    • David Flores

      are you nuts? call 911 and what if the robbers shoot first? you make no sense

      • Paul Kohloff

        your a jerk

      • Paul Kohloff

        our a jerk

    • hammer

      yea right these guys come into a home to rob possibly shoot owner n you say call police 1st if he were a little better shot should have killed all three go homeowner id do the same

    • Self Relient

      Yes gun control, don’t miss the target!

    • Self Relient

      Yes, gun controll…don’t miss the target.

  • Albert

    To Bad all three LOW LIFE couldn’t get shot in the head to save the tax payers money from having a trial at our expense.

    • Theo

      I agree with Albert!

  • Paul Kohloff

    nice shooting,this is another good reason for law abiding citizens to be aloud to have guns.to bad the other ones got away while still breathing.

  • good job

    Doesn’t mean the owners were dirty, they could probably be business owners targeted by the bad guys. Good riddance.

  • Steve

    This is a homeowner who did what he had to do. Bravo!

  • Pi$$ed Off Long Islander

    One less criminal in the world. Way to go.

    I know a few more homes that if they try to rob, the perps will be breathing through their chest.

  • J. Gotti Jr.

    Something is not right with this story! This was NOT a ramdom break-in. Sounds more mob or gang related, with ALL the parties involved hving guns and using them. Just wait- MORE TO COME. This is NOT as it appears!

    • All for the 2nd amendment

      Okay brain surgeon, get your facts before spewing garbage out of your mouth. You obviously are a moron. “with all parties having guns and using them”. The perps picked the wrong house and got what was coming to them. Our hero homeowner was a corrections officer who did what he had to to protect himself and the other occupants of his home. Not everything to do with firearms is mob or gang related. Go watch another mobster movie and keep your ignorance to yourself.

    • Iceman

      So what you’re saying is, you must be a criminal if you own a gun? That makes no sense, owning a gun does not make you a criminal, if it did there would be over 80 million gun owners who are, simultaneously, criminals. No, these men broke into a home, expecting to find it empty and make some “quick and easy” cash. Instead, they came up against an armed homeowner, who only fired AFTER the criminals had shot the dog. Think about that.

  • Chris

    NYC should look at how LI does it regarding gun control. It’s crazy what a responsible, honest, citizen must go through to legally posses a firearm in NYC.

  • Omar

    Good for her. The cops should have brought the third person back to her house so she could shoot him too. They will never try to rob her home again.

  • mw

    love the second amendment

  • Billy

    Too bad they didn’t get all three

  • michellefrommadison

    Good for the homeowner. Gun control is being able to hit your target. :)

    • Clint Eastwood

      Word. Hopefully Fido will pull through.

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