Webster, N.Y. • A gunman ambushed firefighters at a house fire in the Rochester suburb of Webster, N.Y., early Monday, killing two firemen and injuring two others before killing himself.
The gunman, who shot and killed himself at the scene, was identified as William Spengler, 62, who was arrested by Webster police in 1980 for beating his 92-year-old grandmother to death with a hammer. He served 17 years in New York State prison.Police Chief Gerald Pickering, choking up frequently as he spoke to reporters, said all four firefighters who responded to the call at 5:35 a.m. ET came under fire when they drove up.
The dead are Lt. Mike Chiapperini, 43, a volunteer firefighter and the Webster Police Department's public information officer, and Tomasz Kaczowka. Chiapperini was named "Firefighter of the Year" two weeks ago.