Where There's Smoke There's Firearms

Suspect was later involved in a shootout with police

By Katie Honan
|  Sunday, Nov 21, 2010  |  Updated 2:15 PM EDT
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Where There's Smoke There's Firearms

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Suffolk County firefighters responded to a fire at this home in West Babylon, where a man approached them with a shot gun. Thomas Scimone, 48, was later wounded in a shootout with local police officers. He is listed in critical condition at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center.

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Firefighters investigating a blaze at a house on Long Island encountered more than smoke and flames when they were approached by a man with a shotgun.

Members of the West Babylon Fire Department responded to a residential fire Saturday evening at a home that appeared unoccupied, but while checking the home for occupants, Thomas Scimone, 48, confronted the firefighters, threatened to shoot -- and ordered them out, police said.

The firefighters left and Scimone -- who cops say has a history of mental illness -- climbed out a rear window, running into the neighborhood with the shotgun.

Scimone was found by police officers responding to the call -- and after pointing the shotgun at the officers he was shot multiple times by the cops.

He was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medial Center in West Islip, where he remains in critical condition.

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