UPDATED: Jan. 17, 2012, 2:30 p.m.
Shots rang out in North Valley Stream Monday night when police responded to a burglary in progress at home near the Howell Road Elementary School.
When the first Nassau County Police officer arrived at the house on Dana Avenue around 9:15 p.m., he was told by one of the victims that there were armed suspects in the home who had six hostages inside - two adults and four children. The cop was directed to the rear of the home, where he was able to break through the back door and rescue the victims, according to the police.
When the cop went back inside the home to apprehend the suspects, he confronted one of them in a hallway and gunfire was exchanged, police say. Several other responding officers rushed to assist and an undetermined amount of subjects began to flee.
Police confirmed Tuesday afternoon that one of the suspects, Timothy Capers, 37, of Queens took his own life during the shootout with a self-inflicted gunshot.
Another suspect, Levy Robinson, 47, of Jamaica, was arrested at the scene and charged with first degree robbery, two counts of first degree burglary and four counts of criminal possession of a weapon. He will be arraigned Wednesday in First District Court in Hempstead.
The police would not say if other suspects had been apprehended or were at large, but only that the investigation was still active. A number of officers were transported to an area hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries that night.
Deputy Inspector Kenneth Lack praised the responding officer for rescuing the family, calling his actions "heroic."