NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A suspected gang member who shot a firefighter, and then barricaded himself inside a home on Staten Island, was shot and killed by police Friday after a six-hour standoff.
As CBS2’s Steve Langford reported, the standoff in his girlfriend’s home on Destiny Court on Mariners Harbor ended with deafening finality at high noon, as police moved in on Garland Tyree, 38. He walked out of his home firing a loaded assault rifle, after refusing to be taken alive on a probation violation warrant.
Tyree had just spoken to his mother over the phone after authorities flew her in by helicopter from Delaware to Staten Island and told her he would go outside, police said. He had also indicated to authorities that he was going to surrender.
But that’s when police heard gunshots coming from a window on one side of the building, Chief Harry Wheaton from the NYPD Special Operations Bureau said.
“These gunshots struck a private vehicle and one of our department vehicles,” he said during a news conference Friday afternoon. “Immediately after that, Mr. Tyree exited the building on the other side of the building from the basement apartment, coming out firing rounds, numerous rounds.”