Man Charged In Killing Feared Dead Man’s Family Was After Him
BELLPORT, N.Y. (AP) _ A man who feared that relatives of a murder victim were coming after him for retribution telephoned police Sunday and confessed to the crime, and also asked for protection, officers said.
Curtis Pete Anderson, 47, of Brookhaven Township on Long Island, was charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Leroy Hughes, 30, of Shirley, said Suffolk County police Officer Susan Romann.
Hughes was shot at least twice in the upper torso in front of a delicatessen Saturday evening, Romann said.
Police spokeswoman Linda Cicalese said the shooting occurred after Hughes opened his car door and brushed Anderson with it. Anderson and Hughes apparently had a continuing feud, she said.
Hughes managed to walk about a block but then collapsed, she said.
A passing motorist found him at an intersection and took him to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Romann said.
Police became aware of Anderson’s possible involvement in the shooting from interviews with eyewitnesses, and were trying to locate him when he dialed the 911 emergency number and told operators that he had killed a man, Romann said.
Anderson also asked the operator to send police because he thought members of the victim’s family were outside his residence, she said.
″Anderson claims he received phone calls saying there would be retribution from the family and he feared they would be on his way over to his house,″ Cicalese said. ″But there seems to be no credence to his belief that they were outside his residence.″