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Man shot by Suffolk County police is a retired NYPD officer

Posted: 2:57 PM, Mar 26, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-26 14:57:30-04
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MIDDLE ISLAND, NY — A man shot by Suffolk County police is a retired NYPD officer, officials said Thursday.

Christopher Malerba, 49, allegedly barricade himself in his Middle Island home and threatened police on Wednesday afternoon. He's now been charged with menacing a police officer, a Class D felony.

Police originally went to the Bailey Road home after a 911 call stating Malerba had "made homicidal and suicidal statements," officials said. Officers, including members of the Hostage Negotiation Team, talked to Malerba.

He came out of his home and allegedly pointed a rifle at officers, police said. Officers shot him and he went back into the house.

Shortly after that, Malerba came back outside without the rifle. He was taken to a hospital for treatment.