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Gunman killed on LI got prison in 2017 in DUI death

Posted at 5:53 PM, Dec 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-26 17:53:08-05

COMMACK, L.I. — A man sentenced to prison for manslaughter for killing his friend while he drove drunk has been killed in a Christmas morning shootout at a residential building on Long Island, authorities said.

Stephan Harbison, 33, of Coram, died after showing up at the building in Commack at 12:45 a.m. Friday with a gun and demanding that an employee take him to see a resident there, Suffolk County police said.

After the employee took him to the resident's dwelling, Harbison moved the resident, a 17-year-old and a toddler into the lobby before a relative of the resident showed up. A shootout ensued inside and outside the facility between Harbison and the resident's relative. Harbison died at the scene.

Police said the resident’s relative, a 35-year-old Dix Hills man, was being treated at a hospital for serious injuries.

Suffolk County police were reviewing surveillance footage of the shootout and an investigation was in progress.

Harbison was sentenced in 2017 to three to six years in prison after he pleaded guilty to first-degree vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated.

State Supreme Court Justice Fernando Camacho told Harbison that he deserved an even harsher sentence for his role in the high-speed January 2015 crash in Deer Park that killed his 28-year-old male passenger and friend. Harbison's blood-alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit.

Attorney Craig McElwee, who represented Harbison at his sentencing, said in an email Saturday in regards to Harbison's death that he would “have no comment at this time.”