Youssef Abdel-Gawad, of Huntington Station, charged with manslaughter for shooting alleged burglar
RIVERHEAD - A Huntington Station man has been indicted on manslaughter charges for shooting an alleged home burglar who later died, but his attorney says it's a clear case of self-defense.
Youssef Abdel-Gawad says a man with a gun was attempting to break into his Huntington Station home back in August. His family shared surveillance video of the incident with News 12 Long Island, and in it, the alleged burglar is seen trying to enter a door. The burglar then pulls out a gun, and a flash is seen that appears to be the burglar firing a shot into the home.
Youssef Abdel-Gawad's attorney says he came to the door with a rifle and returned fire at the burglar and his alleged accomplices, striking one of them. The accomplice later died.
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Prosecutors say no bullets were recovered at the scene, so it's unclear if the alleged burglar ever fired a shot into Abdel-Gawad's home.
At court today in Riverhead, Abdel-Gawad's tearful mother insisted her son is a good young man who hopes to become a police officer. She says he was just trying to protect his family.
Prosecutors asked that Abdel-Gawad be held on $50,000 bail, but the judge said he could be released without bail if he surrendered his passport and wore a tracking device.
The case will be back in court this week.