Police Shoot and Kill Gunman in East New York

Cops say the man pointed a weapon at officers

Monday, Jun 20, 2011  |  Updated 9:34 PM EDT
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Police Shoot and Kill Gunman in East New York

Police say this handgun was recovered next to the body of Carl Lastorino.

Police shot and killed a man who pointed a gun at officers Monday afternoon after he shot another man in a tire shop in East New York, authorities said.

Carl Lastorino was pronounced dead at Brookdale Hospital after he was struck by two shots fired by a sergeant and an officer, police said.

According to police, Lastorino entered "Peter's Tires and Rims Service" on Linden Boulevard at 4:40 p.m. and fired multiple shots, striking a 49-year-old man in the shoulder and the hand. He then fled on foot and attempted to enter backseat of white livery cab parked at the curb at Louisiana and Flatlands avenues. 

Officers responding to the earlier shooting saw Lastorino trying to enter the cab, police said.  Police made a U-turn  and pulled behind the livery cab approximately one car-length away.  According to the police account, officers identified themselves and asked Lastorino to drop his gun.  He pointed the .38-caliber revolver at them and the officers fired two shots, striking him twice.

The weapon pictured above was recovered next to Lastorino's body and another was recovered from the inside of the livery cab, police said. 

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