Webster, New York Firefighter Killer Had Served 17 Years for Murdering Grandmother

Webster Police released this information today on the shooter who killed two firemen in New York this morning: The suspect, William Spengler, 62 was arrested in 1980 for killing his grandmother and served time until 1998.

The Huffington Post reported:

Police in New York state say a man who ambushed firefighters had served 17 years for manslaughter in the death of his grandmother.

Webster Police Chief Gerald Pickering says 62-year-old William Spengler was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head.

Police say he set fire to a car and house to lure firefighters to his house on the shore of Lake Ontario early Monday.

When firefighters arrived, he opened fire, probably with a rifle. Two firefighters died at the scene and two others were hospitalized. A fifth first responder was injured.

Police don’t know a motive yet.

62-year-old William Spengler was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head.

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