The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

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December 24, 2012

NY gunman had served time for grandmother's death

Died of self-inflicted gunshot after killing 2, wounding 3 firefighters

WEBSTER, N.Y. —

Police in New York state say a man who ambushed firefighters had served 17 years for manslaughter in the death of his grandmother.

Webster Police Chief Gerald Pickering says 62-year-old William Spengler was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head.

Police say he set fire to a car and house to lure firefighters to his house on the shore of Lake Ontario early Monday.

When firefighters arrived, he opened fire, probably with a rifle. Two firefighters died at the scene and two others were hospitalized. A fifth first responder was injured.

Police don't know a motive yet.

 

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