Arrest Made in December 8 Eastport Shooting Death

Paul Batterson
Paul Batterson. Photo: SCPD

Suffolk County police have arrested an East Moriches man and charged him with second-degree murder for the death of 45-year-old Francisco Pirir, who was fatally shot in his Eastport home on December 8, according to authorities.

Suffolk police said 22-year-old Paul Batterson Jr. was charged Saturday and is being arraigned Sunday morning at First District Court in Central Islip.

Back in December, police said a 911 caller reported that two masked robbers broke into 142 East Moriches Road before shooting Pirir and shooting a second victim in the hand. The armed men then fled.

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