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03/02/2011 04:43 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Police Kill Man Before He Went On A Murder Spree: Cops

Police say a shootout that left a volunteer firefighter hospitalized could have been much worse.

From the New York Post:

Long Island cops said a man who crashed a truck into a utility pole and then opened fire on a ambulance crew appeared to be on his way to carry out a mass killing.

Nassau County Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey said the 31-year-old man had strapped an assault rifle to his chest and extra ammunition to his forearms with wristbands.

The man, who's name has not been released, had six weapons, including a Tec-9 automatic pistol, according to police.

The firefight began after the man slammed a Ford pickup truck into a utility pole on Bellmore Ave. in Bellmore on Tuesday night.

Volunteer firefighter Justin Angell approached the truck, and the man opened fire, according to Nassau County Police Detective Lt. Kevin Smith.

Police responded and, during a shootout, police shot and killed the suspect, according to Smith. No police were harmed and Angell is in stable condition.