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Cops: Barricaded man who shot NY firefighter talks to police

Suspect is in standoff with police and fire department

Associated Press

NEW YORK  — Authorities say a suspected gang member accused of shooting a New York City firefighter twice has barricaded himself inside a house but is communicating with police.

Police and fire officials say a U.S. Marshals regional task force was to arrest Garland Tyree on federal parole violation charges early Friday when he apparently set fire to a Staten Island home.

When firefighters responded, they say, the 38-year-old Tyree fired an assault rifle, striking a Fire Department of New York lieutenant in the calf and buttocks. He's in stable condition at a hospital.

Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce says officers are in touch with Tyree, his family and girlfriend. He says Tyree has been on parole since last summer.

His attorney declined to comment. Court documents show he has previously violated parole.

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