Shirley - (WALK) Homicide detectives released the name of the man shot and killed Friday by police after an exchange of gunfire outside his home in Shirley.
The victim is identified as Paul M. Caruso, 46, of 163 Carlton Drive East. Caruso was shot Friday evening but police witheld his name until they could locate his next of kin.
Caruso was employed by the Long Island Rail Road at the LIRR Babylon facility as a radio man, according to a spokesman. Neighbors describe him as a conspiracy theorist. Caruso was killed after a brief, 10-minute stand-off and shoot-out with police Friday evening.
Neighbors had alerted police about Caruso, ranting about New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and firing a weapon Friday at about 10:30 p.m. Police responded to the call, and when they arrived at Caruso's home they were greeted by Caruso at his back door, holding a shotgun. Caruso began firing at the officers, who who returned fire and took cover.
Police say Caruso retreated back into the house, then several minutes later he emerged from the front door and fired a rifle at officers in the street. Again, officers returned fire but this time Caruso was struck and killed.
Investigators say Caruso was wearing a helmet and a ballistic vest, and had fired at least 15 times at police during the incident, no officers were injured during the confrontation, said police.
The investigation into the incident continues. Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact Suffolk Police homicide detectives at 631-852-6392, or to call the Crime Stoppers confidential tips line: 1-800-220-TIPS.