Gang­banger ex-con shot dead af­ter he blasted fire­fighter

The Star (St. Lucia) - - INTERNATIONAL - By Rachelle Blid­ner

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.

Tyree, a for­mer mem­ber of the Bloods gang with 18 prior ar­rests on his


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