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LI Home Invasion Prompts Massive Police Response, School Lock Downs

PIX11 NEWSROOM

2:22 PM EDT, September 19, 2011

BELLMORE, N.Y (PIX11)

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A Monday morning home invasion on Long Island led to the arrests of four suspects following a massive police response for their capture which included placing several area schools on lock down, authorities said.

According to police, the home invasion happened at a home on Bellmore Avenue in Bellmore just after 9 a.m. Three of the suspects were reportedly armed with knives while one had a gun.

When the suspects attempted to flee in a getaway vehicle, described as a white Ford Crown Victoria, authorities pursued the group along the Sunrise Highway. According to reports, the driver stopped at one point, allowing the suspects to "bail out" and disperse into area.

For a reason that remains unclear, responding Nassau County police officers opened fire on the vehicle during a stop, wounding the driver in the leg. Police eventually caught up to the wounded suspect in Wantagh.

Officials say they are currently investigating the shooting where they plan to determine the reason why an officer opened fire.

Two of the suspects who fled from the Crown Victoria were arrested a short time later, one in a backyard of a home in South Merrick and another along Babylon Road. The third suspect was arrested in the backseat of a taxi cab traveling on the Southern State Parkway, police said.

As police searched for the suspects, a dozen schools in Levittown, five schools in Wantagh, four in Seaford and three in the Merrick Union Free School District were all placed on lock down. According to Newsday, all four districts were off lockdown status as of 1:30 p.m.