Man killed in standoff called News 12

Vincent Cordaro called News 12 and spoke to Tara Rosenblum before he died.

Vincent Cordaro called News 12 and spoke to Tara Rosenblum before he died. (2/9/15)

NEW CITY - A man who was killed in a police standoff reached out during the ordeal to News 12 reporter Tara Rosenblum.

The standoff started around 7 p.m. yesterday in New City when a man barricaded himself inside his home and shot at police.

Just before 10:30 p.m., the suspect, who identified himself as Vincent Cordaro, called News 12 and spoke to Rosenblum. She says that while his voice was calm, his message was chilling. When Cordaro first called he said, "I got a big story. It's going to be biblical. I've got police surrounding my home."

In a later phone call, he described himself as a non-violent person. When asked about the source of all that frustration he was feeling toward police, Cordaro said "What's going on? It's all about a crooked cop and the way Clarkstown police handle themselves."

Cordaro abruptly ended the phone call and said he had to speak to the negotiators.

Around 2:30 a.m., after another round of gunfire, police entered the house and found Cordaro dead. In a news conference today, Clarkstown Police Chief Michael Sullivan says a single shot fired by an officer killed Cordero.

Sullivan added that claims by Cordaro about a crooked Clarkstown officer were "irrational" and the result of Cordaro's arrest last year for DWI.

Aside from two DWI arrests, Cordaro had two prior burglary arrests and his marriage had ended.

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