2 firefighters shot and killed while responding to fire

      2 firefighters shot and killed while responding to fire

      ABC News is reporting
      A man who served nearly 17 years in jail for killing his grandmother set a house and car on fire this morning in upstate New York and then began shooting at emergency personnel who showed up, killing two firefighters, police said.

      In all, William Spengler, 62, shot four firefighters, killing two and severely injuring two more after setting his "trap," police said.

      An off-duty police officer from Greece, N.Y., who responded to the scene early in the morning of Christmas Eve also was injured today.

      "It was a trap," said Webster, N.Y., Police Chief Gerald L. Pickering, "set by Mr. Spengler who laid in wait and shot first responders."

      Spengler, who was released from prison in 1998, was found dead at the scene following a shootout with police. He was believed to have killed himself with a bullet to the head.

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