ALBERTSON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Nassau County police officers shot an armed man in Albertson on Wednesday morning.
As 1010 WINS’ Al Jones reported, the suspect, a man in his 50s, apparently thought one of the residents of a home on Netz Place in Albertson was out to get him when he was spotted around 10:20 a.m. He threatened the residents with a gun.
A 911 call brought police, who confronted the man.
“The suspect is located in front of 49 Netz Place. The officers ordered him to stop and show his hands. He refuses. The suspect then pulls a gun and advances towards the officers. Police officers fearing for their safety fire, striking the suspect several times,” Nassau County Police Inspector Kenneth Lack told WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall.
The man was shot in each leg and in the right hand. His injuries were not considered life-threatening.
A woman in front of the home where the confrontation occurred described the scene.
“They said something to him. I don’t know what they said. I couldn’t hear,” she said. “And he took the gun out and shot, and of course, the police shot him.”
Despite her proximity, the woman who witnessed the events said she was not afraid.
“Why should I be afraid?” she said. “They have the police there with a guy with a gun? What else can you ask for?”
Teacher Christine Lavin was outside with her students during recess at a nearby school when the shooting occurred.
“Next thing I knew we were under lockdown,” Lavin told Hall. “Extremely disturbing this is for us as a teacher because we have these kids lives in our hand.”
“Stuff like this doesn’t really happen around here but it does happen. And that’s why when it’s around here it’s scary because it shows that it could happen to us,” Lavin added.
The suspect was hospitalized in stable condition, and two officers were also hospitalized for trauma, according to a published report.
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