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Alleged Burglary Suspect In Intensive Care After Shooting

Thomas Anderson had surgery yesterday, police say, after allegedly being shot by a Suffolk County Corrections officer.

A suspected burglar allegedly shot by a Suffolk County Corrections Officer is in the intensive care unit at Stony  Brook University Medical Center on Sunday after surgery yesterday.

Riverhead resident Thomas Anderson, 33, was allegedly shot by Suffolk County Corrections officer John Kwasna, 45, after Kwasna found the intruder in his Riverhead home early Saturday morning.

According to Riverhead Town Police, they received a call at approximately 4:40 a.m. on Saturday morning from Kwasna, 45, of Old Farm Road in Riverhead, stating that he confronted a man in his home.

Kwasna, who was armed with a handgun, allegedly fired a shot as the individual ran towards him.

On Sunday, details were still unclear regarding whether the alleged intruder was armed. 

Anderson was located by police a short distance from the scene with a gunshot wound to the shoulder. He was arrested by Riverhead Town Police and charged with burglary in the second degree.

Police said Anderson was transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center and subsequently, to Stony Brook University Medical Center, for treatment.

Further details on his condition will be reported as they become available.

Kwasna is a 20 year veteran of the Suffolk County Corrections Department.

The investigation is ongoing. 

RHD2012 May 27, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Does race really need to be mentioned in this article? The guy was in his house, it isn't a racial issue.
Lisa Finn (Editor) May 27, 2012 at 05:33 PM
The police report specifically mentioned the race of the intruder twice, so it was included in the article. Thank you for your comment.
Henry Powderly (Editor) May 27, 2012 at 06:58 PM
We've removed that detail for the time being while do some additional reporting into the incident. Thank you for your concern.
Rose May 28, 2012 at 02:25 PM
There is nothing wrong with mentioning race. Next time your purse is stolen or you're unlucky enough to have one of Mr. Anderson's friends visit you @ 4 AM, watch as Newsday gives a perfect description of who to look for, except his color.
oh yeah May 28, 2012 at 04:05 PM
One of the reasons I prefer the Patch over newsday, is the use of the full release and description given out by the police in the story. Leaving the description out now makes the Patch a racist newspaper. Congratulations, picking and choosing the facts you wish to report, specifically race, brings you right down to newsday level. I guess I can't depend on the Patch for truthful reporting anymore either.
oh yeah May 28, 2012 at 04:05 PM
One of the reasons I prefer the Patch over newsday, is the use of the full release and description given out by the police in the story. Leaving the description out now makes the Patch a racist newspaper. Congratulations, picking and choosing the facts you wish to report, specifically race, brings you right down to newsday level. I guess I can't depend on the Patch for truthful reporting anymore either.
oh yeah May 28, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Yes, it was an important fact released by the PD in the description of the suspect. Purposely removing this fact from the story now makes it a racial issue.
oh yeah May 28, 2012 at 04:26 PM
By the way, the suspect was black. Is this an editable offense for the comments section also?
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