A man taken into custody after a brief standoff at an East Massapequa home was released Friday after cops determined he was not a man they were looking for in connection with a possible break-in.
The innocent man was questioned as part of a manhunt in which police said an officer fired a shot at another man they pursued hours earlier.
Cops were called to Unqua Road at 4:15 a.m. after receiving a report of a suspicious man who may have broken into a car or house, police said.
One of the officers saw a man running north on Unqua Road and ordered him to stop and lie on the ground. Police said he refused commands to take his hands out of the pockets. He also made a move towards his waistband causing the officer to fire a shot, cops said.
Fortunately, the shot missed and nobody was hurt.
The man fled and the manhunt continued as Seventh Precinct police officers, the Canine Unit, Aviation Bureau, Bureau of Special Operations and Emergency Services Unit all swarmed to the scene.
At 7:50 a.m., police said somebody called 911 about a suspicious person who fit the description of the man cops had stopped earlier.
Police from the hostage negotiation team went to a home on East Hamilton Avenue, where the man the 911 caller had described had entered.
He initially refused to leave the home, but eventually was coaxed out and taken into custody. Police did not immediately say how long he had been questioned before he was released.
Several roads were closed in the area according to police. Both Unqua Elementary School and Berner Middle School initiated lockout procedures, which have now been lifted.
Shortly after incident wrapped up, police were once again called to Massapequa after hearing a report that several shots were fired in the Massapequa Preserve.
A Nassau County police spokeswoman said an investigation revealed they were fireworks.