A New York firefighter has been shot and wounded, following a standoff between a man, wielding an assault rifle, and New York authorities.
A firefighter was shot twice and wounded on Friday by a man wielding an assault rifle who set his home ablaze in a ongoing standoff with New York authorities to avoid being arrested, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said.
The man had barricaded himself in the apartment in New York’s Staten Island borough, where police were attempting to negotiate his surrender and arrest him on a federal probation warrant, Bratton said.
Bratton identified the man as Tyree Garland, 38, but he was identified in court records as Garland Tyree, also known as “S.I.”
On Facebook, a man named Garland Tyree from Staten Island wrote “Today I die” on his profile early Friday morning. Friends responded with questions and concern. “They kicked in my door and it popped off,” Tyree wrote.
Bratton said at least four shots were fired at authorities attempting to serve the warrant on Garland, who he said has a long criminal history with at least 18 prior arrests.
“He’s armed with at least an assault rifle,” Bratton said.
Authorities entered the apartment early Friday morning to find it filled with smoke, Bratton said.
“FDNY responded to the fire. The suspect fired a gun. One of the FDNY members was struck twice,” said NYPD Sergeant Vincent Marchese.
The 54-year-old fire lieutenant was shot in the buttocks and left calf and was in serious but stable condition at a local hospital, police said.
“We are in a dialogue with the suspect at this time,” the commissioner said, adding that he believed the man was alone in the apartment.