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.
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.