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Long Island Man Shot After Pointing Pellet Gun at Officers: Police

The man, who forced street closures and a school lockdown in Albertson in Nassau County, is expected to be OK

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    An "eccentric" Albertson man was shot by Nassau County police Wednesday, after allegedly refusing orders to drop his gun. Pei-Sze Cheng reports.

    A gun-toting man prompted a scare in a Long Island neighborhood Wednesday, forcing streets to be shut down and a local school to go into lockdown, when he allegedly threatened a neighbor and then two police officers with what appeared to be a handgun, authorities said.

    He was shot by police and was expected to recover.

    Officers responded to a 911 call from a resident on Netz Place in Albertson who had just been threatened by the alleged gunman, police said. The caller reported the suspect approached him and pointed the gun directly at him, then ran off. 

    Nassau County Police Inspector Kenneth Lack said there had been "no altercations, very few words exchanged" with the victim. 

    Responding officers caught up with the suspect and ordered him to stop and show his hands, according to Lack.

    "The suspect pulls a gun and advances toward the officers," said Lack. "The cops fired and struck the suspect several times." 

    Startled neighbors recalled hearing the gunshots.

    "My dog hit the ground, and I'm like, 'Let's go in the house,'" said Lisa Fox. 

    The man was shot in the right leg, left thigh and right hand. He was taken to a local hospital and is expected to recover.

    The suspect's gun turned out to be a pellet gun, but police said there was no way of determining that it wasn't an actual firearm when he allegedly pointed it at officers. 

    A middle school nearby was briefly locked down.

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