Gangbanger ex-con shot dead after he blasted firefighter
Ademented ex-con, hours after promising a fight to the death, died last Friday in a wild shootout with cops to end a six-hour standoff at his Staten Island home, sources said.
Suspect Garland Tyree, toting an AK-47 and wearing a bullet-proof vest, burst from his basement apartment and opened fire on cops after an emotional goodbye with his mother, police said.
As he began spraying the area with bullets from a 30-shot banana clip, cops gunned down the automatic weapon-toting gangbanger at 12:05 p.m. “He came out firing,” said NYPD Chief Harry Widen of the Special Operations Division.
The 38-year-old career criminal, after barricading himself inside the home, made a chilling Facebook post indicating he would not surrender.
“Today I die,” he declared just minutes after opening fire for the first time on firefighters, cops and federal law enforcers. Tyree, who was shot repeatedly in the noon gunfight, was pronounced dead at the scene.
NYPD hostage negotiator Lt. Jack Cambria said Tyree had promised just minutes earlier to surrender peacefully.
“He said to his mother, ‘I’m coming out, Momma,’” said Cambria. “It was very sweet.” Tyree’s weeping girlfriend was led away from the scene when the shooting stopped, as was his mother — who was flown in by NYPD helicopter from Delaware in an effort to convince the shooter to give up. One source told the Daily News that Tyree’s slaying was a case of suicide by cop, and Cambria said the veteran law-breaker knew the amount of firepower assembled at the scene.
“He knew what he was facing,” said Cambria. “He knew there were lots of heavily armed police officers waiting.”
Cops pulled three handguns in addition to the AK-47 from the dead man’s apartment, along with a pair of magazines loaded with more than 100 rounds of ammunition.
The killing followed six tense hours that started with Tyree igniting a smoke grenade as U.S. Marshals moved in to arrest him.
The wanted Staten Islander was inside his home at the multi-unit building on Destiny Court in the Mariner’s Harbor section. The marshals arrived around 5:45 a.m. for what seemed like a fairly routine arrest. Tyree, a gangbanger affiliated with the Bloods, had 18 prior arrests and was only released from prison 13 months ago, said Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce.
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