A firefighter wounded by a gang member at the start of a six-hour standoff with police in Staten Island was released Saturday from a hospital, reports NBC New York.
FDNY Lt. Jim Hayes was shot at about 6 a.m. Friday, when firefighters responded to a report of smoke in a building where U.S. Marshals were attempting to execute a parole violation warrant against Garland Tyree, 38, a high-ranking member of the Bloods street gang.
Hayes went into a basement apartment in the building to look for people inside and found Tyree hiding in the shower. That’s when Tyree allegedly opened fire, hitting Hayes in the buttocks and ankle.
A neighbor of Hayes, Fran Kezner of Livingston, New Jersey, said the firefighter was “hardworking man who raised two great kids with his wife,” SILive.com reported. Kezner also said Hayes helped out during Hurricane Sandy when her home was flooded. Hayes comes from a family of civil servants with three brothers who are all firefighters, SILive.com noted.
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