For Immediate Release
Thursday, January 03, 2019
Incident: Greenport Man Dies After Police-Involved Shooting
Location: 65275 Middle Road, Greenport
Date/Time: January 3, 2019 at approximately 12 p.m.

Suffolk County Police Homicide Squad detectives are investigating a police-involved shooting that has resulted in the death of a Greenport man earlier today.


Southold Police officers responded to 65275 Middle Road in Greenport at approximately 12 p.m. in response to a 911 call from a concerned individual who stated his friend, Robert Myers, 63 was at home at that location and seemed depressed, suicidal and had guns. 


Southhold police officers determined Myers had barricaded himself in his apartment and had guns.  Officers set up a perimeter and called the Suffolk County Police Department's Hostage Negotiation Team and the Emergency Service Section to assist.  The Hostage Negotiation Team established phone contact with Myers and attempted to negotiate his safe surrender. 


During the nearly three hours of negotiations, Myers fired numerous shots within his apartment and several shots at officers outside as well as firing upon a police armored vehicle.  Police did not return fire.  The Suffolk County Police Aviation Section also responded to assist at the scene.


After continued negotiations, Myers agreed to surrender and come out without weapons.  However, he exited his apartment at approximately 4:20 p.m. with a long gun and swung it in the direction of an Emergency Service officer who then fired his weapon, striking Myers in the chest.


Myers was transported via Suffolk County Police helicopter to Stony Brook University Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The investigation is continuing.



Authority: Geraldine Hart, Commissioner 19-29841
Suffolk County Police Department

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