Huntington Station Man Charged With Fatally Shooting Alleged Attempted Burglar

Youssef Abdelgawad
Youssef Abdelgawad

A Huntington Station man has been accused of fatally shooting a 33-year-old man who authorities said was running away after trying to break into the suspect’s home last summer.

Youssef Abdelgawad pleaded not guilty Monday at Suffolk County court to charges in grand jury indictment of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide.

Prosecutors said the 25-year-old fired a shotgun at Jazzmen Bryant of Roosevelt while Bryant was running away through a backyard neighboring the suspect’s 7th Avenue home on August 21, 2013.

Bryant, who had been accompanied by four others, died of shotgun wounds to the back and neck, authorities said.

Bryant and other members of the group were hiding behind Abdelgawad’s backyard shed when Bryant’s accomplice approached the house with a pellet gun, leading to a confrontation between Abdelgawad’s brother and two others, according to investigators.

When the group ran away, Abdelgawad allegedly fired two shots at the group, killing Bryant, prosecutors said.

Abdelgawad was arrested on Sunday. Judge Stephen Braslow ordered the suspect be held without bail. He is due back in court Tuesday.