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'Today I Die,' Says Gang Leader Who Killed Self After Shooting Firefighter

"We need EMS... we have a report of a firearm... firefighter shot."
Garland Tyree died in a standoff with police Friday.
Garland Tyree died in a standoff with police Friday.

A gang member in New York is dead after opening fire and wounding a firefighter when U.S. marshals attempted to serve him a warrant early Friday morning.

After a six-hour standoff, 38-year-old Staten Island resident Garland Tyree died after a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The standoff began when the suspect picked up a gun and lit his home on fire as marshals tried serving a warrant for a parole violation, SILive.com reports.

A 54-year-old firefighter responding to the scene was shot in the lower left leg and buttocks, police told the publication. He was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The New York City Fire Department released dispatch audio of its response to the shooting.

"We need EMS... we have a report of a firearm... firefighter shot," emergency responders can be heard saying at the 2:40 mark.

Around 7 a.m., after the initial encounter, a Facebook page appearing to belong to Tyree had a message saying today would be his last.

When asked to elaborate, a message from the account said police had "kicked in my door and it popped off."

Around 11:45 a.m. Garland came out of his home shooting at officers. Authorities responded by shooting back and dispensing tear gas, according to the New York Post. Tyree was found dead inside the home a short time later.

A high-ranking police source told both Silive.com and the New York Daily News that Tyree is a well-known leader of the East Coast Bloods. Social media accounts appearing to belong to the suspect mention previous arrests.

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Tyree previously served seven years in prison on assault and weapons possession convictions, according to the Daily News.

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