Suffolk County police officers shot and killed a Shirley man that fired a shotgun at them after they responded to a neighbor’s report of yelling and gunshots fired at his home Friday night, authorities said.

The man, whose identity was not immediately available, allegedly shot at the officers when he came to the door armed with the gun as they walked toward the backyard of his Carlton Drive East  home at 10:31 p.m.

The officers returned fire and took cover as the alleged shooter retreated into the house and returned outside minutes later and fired a rifle at officers in the street, police said.

Officers again returned fire and shot the gunman, who police said was wearing a helmet and a ballistic vest. He was pronounced dead at the scene after firing at least 15 rounds at the officers.

Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about this incident to call them at 631-852-6392 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

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Timothy Bolger is the Editor in Chief of the Long Island Press who’s been working to uncover unreported stories since shortly after it launched in 2003. When he’s not editing, getting hassled by The Man or fielding cold calls to the newsroom, he covers crime, general interest and political news in addition to reporting longer, sometimes investigative features. He won’t be happy until everyone is as pissed off as he is about how screwed up Lawn Guyland is.