Officials: Suspect Killed In Valley Stream Home Invasion Shot Himself

VALLEY STREAM, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Authorities say a suspected burglar found dead following a police shootout during a Long Island home invasion shot himself in the head.

Police say 37-year-old Timothy Capers and an accomplice had attempted to steal more than $22,000 from the Valley Stream home Monday night.

Cops say the two burst into the home with guns and tied up at least three people. Inside were two adults and four children.

The homeowner’s brother said he called 911 when he drove up to the house Monday night and saw a man with a gun in the driveway, but was then ushered inside and held hostage as police responded.

Police say when officers arrived, the suspects began shooting as they tried to flee. One of the cops managed to free the family before the gunfire erupted.

Officers fired at Capers, but an autopsy showed he was hit by his own .410-gauge revolver.

The officer who saved the family was not identified by police, but was praised by neighbors.

“I think that’s amazing and I said to my husband that’s one thing you can rely on in this neighborhood and that’s the police,” said neighbor Gail Gonzalez.

Officials say Capers’ accomplice, 47-year-old Levy Robinson, was arraigned Wednesday on charges of burglary, robbery and criminal possession of a weapon.

Police say the two had targeted the home because the family owns a number of liquor stores.

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  • Anthony Graziano

    Really Crazy
    shocked to know this happened in the neighbourhood
    glad to know 1 got caught and the other 1 died…

  • Sha's Daddy

    He threaten to kill the home owners toddler son. He is a true dirt bag that deserves to rot in hell.

  • Robin G.

    i am a distant family member and let me tell you i was surprised by the story let alone the death! He was a hard worker with children also,

  • ralph

    This is the kind of stuff that infuriates me with lowlives like these two invading people’s homes and taking their hard earned possessions
    One less piece of garbage in the streets
    Thankfully the police saved the day

  • royallen

    swift justice at it’s finest………………….one more bad guy bites the dust!

  • Jean

    What a coward. First, he terrorizes a family in the one place they’re supposed to be safe, their home. Then, when caught, he doesn’t even man up to face the consequences of what he’s done. He takes the easy way out. Chump

  • justice served

    What a loser glad he took his own life.No one will be crying over him career criminal should of never been out on streets.

    • Disappointed

      You don’t think he has a family, also? And they won’t feel the lost? I’m not condoning his actions but to say no one will cry over him is kind of an ignorant statement.

      • Oh so HAPPY HE IS gONE

        I agree noone will be crying over this loser.His family had to know what a low-life he was with all the crimes he commited before.So you can shed a tear for him but I say thank god he did not kill a innocent person because he would of if they were home.

        • SHA

          I knew him personally and I am very sad that he’s gone and disappointed all at the same time what about the kids and the people who love you so unfare rest in peace TIM

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