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New York City firefighter shot during standoff on Staten Island

A New York City firefighter was shot Friday morning during a standoff with a man who has barricaded himself inside a Staten Island apartment complex, according to police. He has already been in the building for hours, has fired at authorities and has ignited a fire, Newsweek reports.

Police said the 54-year-old firefighter is in stable condition, New York Times reports. He suffered injuries to his hip and lower leg, and he is currently in the hospital.

Firefighters responded to a call for a house fire that was started by a man, who has been identified by Police Commissioner Bill Bratton as Tyree Garland, 38. However, he was identified as Garland Tyree or S.I. in court records, according to Reuters.

U.S. Marshals were headed to the apartment, which lies on the northwestern side of the island in a large residential area, to arrest the man just before 6 a.m. Then, the suspect started the fire and began shooting. Bratton stated that at least four shots were fired at authorities.

There is a warrant for his arrest, but it is unclear why he is wanted at this time. Tyree has a long criminal history including at least 18 prior arrests.

Emergency correspondents, such as uniformed police officers and SWAT crews, are still on the scene. Tyree has trapped himself in the basement of the apartment, NY Times reports.

“We are in a dialogue with the suspect at this time,” Bratton said, adding that he believed Tyree was alone in the apartment.

A man named Garland Tyree from Staten Island on Facebook wrote “Today I die” early Friday. His friends responded with questions and concerns, and he replied with “they kicked in my door and it popped off.”

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information surfaces.

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