Fatal police-involved shooting on LI

June 20, 2008 5:13:32 PM PDT
Police say they shot and killed a man while executing a search warrant looking for drugs on eastern Long Island. Suffolk County officers entered Carmine Wisnieski's Brookhaven home shortly before 7 a.m., announcing they had a search warrant, said homicide squad commander Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick. As they went down a narrow hallway, they encountered Wisnieski, 26, standing in a bedroom, holding a 9 mm handgun.

Officers ordered the man to drop the weapon, but he opened fire, police said. Police returned fire, hitting Wisnieski in the chest.

"Everybody was within ten feet of eachother. It was an incredibly dangerous and graphically violent scene that unfolded in that room," said Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick.

He was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital in Patchogue, where he died. No officers were injured.

Fitzpatrick said it was unclear how many shots were exchanged but noted weapons were fired "multiple times." It was not immediately known whether the victim had a criminal record.

The drug raid on Wisnieski's home was one of 21 conducted Friday at various locations in Suffolk and Nassau counties and New York City, police said. They believed Wisnieski lived alone in the home on Long Island's south shore.

"What shocked me is it was right down the street from where I live, and I have 11-year-old twin girls who I'm not letting out of the house at all for the rest of the summer," said one neighbor.

Two officers involved in the shooting were placed on modified duty, which is standard after police shootings. The officers, who were not identified, were treated for trauma at Stony Brook University Hospital and released.

"This is going to be a very intense, closely watched investigation," adds Dominick Varrone, the Detectives Chief of Suffolk County Police.

STORY BY: Eyewitness News Long Island reporter Lauren DeFranco