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Man kills daughter in Astoria home: NYPD

86-year-old shot by cops after warning

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Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014 10:30 am

An 86-year-old man who refused to drop his 12-gauge shotgun was shot and killed by an officer on Saturday.

According to police, Jack Calvello allegedly shot his daughter in their Astoria home on 38th Street.

A 911 call came in around 11 a.m. and the caller claimed to have shot his daughter and was threatening to kill himself, police said.

The caller did not identify himself while on the phone.

When officers reported to the scene, they found Calvello — who is deaf — armed with a gun but he refused to drop his weapon when ordered to do so. He then pointed it at the officers.

They reportedly called out “Get out” and “Drop your weapon” several times before one shot Calvello once in the torso.

Inside the Astoria home, 65-year-old Carolann Matyka — Calvello’s daughter — was found with a gunshot wound to the head. She was transported to Elmhurst Hospital, where she was in critical condition until she died at 5:45 p.m. that day.

“He’s lived here for years, I never heard of anything going wrong,” a neighbor said. “It was him, his wife and his daughter and I never noticed anything strange. Then again, that’s how most of these stories go.

“I wasn’t here when it happened but I couldn’t believe it when I found out. You had kids playing basketball nearby who saw the whole thing. It’s a scary thing.”

A brown Yorkshire terrier was also wounded during the altercation but is expected to live.

Calvello was transported to Mount Sinai Queens Hospital in Astoria, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

The shotgun was recovered by police officers.

The motive for the shooting is unknown and an investigation is ongoing.

“It goes to show you that you just don’t know what goes on behind closed doors,” the neighbor said. “You could seem normal as ever but be a psycho behind closed doors.”

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