An East Northport man was shot and killed Tuesday night after he charged at Suffolk police officers while carrying two swords, police said Wednesday.
Suffolk Police Commissioner Rodney A. Harrison gave this account at a press conference Wednesday:
A 911 call was placed at 8:44 p.m. about the man, Alan Weber, 54, acting violently. The police had been been summoned twice earlier on Tuesday to the 8 Mander Lane home because of Weber’s behavior, which included getting into a dispute with a neighbor.
On the third call, Second Precinct officers peered in a window and saw Weber breaking items in the house. Police entered the home, and went to the basement after hearing noise. There, they were confronted by the man, who was carrying two swords and wearing a fencing mask. When he refused to drop the swords, one of the officers fired a Taser. But Weber charged at the police, leading the second officer to shoot at Weber several times.
The officers performed CPR on the man, Harrison said. He was taken to Huntington Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
One officer has been on the force six years, the other four, the commissioner said.
Harrison said that both officers had been trained in crisis intervention but that the shooting was justified because of Weber’s actions.
“This is a horrible incident. This is going to unfortunately take a toll on our officers as well as the Weber family,” Harrison said.
Suffolk County Police Homicide Squad detectives are investigating the case.