Cops & Crime

Two Arrested Following Shooting in Flanders

A 36-year-old man was shot in front of his house in Flanders Wednesday afternoon, and now two suspects in the shooting, Kwame Opoku and Emmanuel Coleman, are in custody.

Southampton Town police said that at 3:08 p.m. October 15 they received several reports of gunshots in the McKinley Street area. Two men in a white Chrysler sedan fled before police arrived to find the victim at 5 McKinley Street, according to authorities.

Southampton Town police, New York State police and K-9 units, Westhampton Beach Village police and Suffolk County police helicopters responded. Meanwhile, town police officers stopped a white Chrysler sedan on Flanders Road/State Route 24 near the Spinney Road intersection.

Southampton Town and New York State police on Flanders road where the suspects' vehicle was pulled over. Photo credit: Brendan J. O'Reilly
Southampton Town and New York State police on Flanders road where the suspects’ vehicle was pulled over. Photo credit: Brendan J. O’Reilly

Police said it was determined that Opoku, 32, of Mastic Beach, had an argument with the victim earlier that day that preceded the shooting.

Opoku is charged with first-degree assault, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree criminal use of a firearm and first-degree reckless endangerment, all felonies. Coleman, 34, of Riverhead, is charged with first-degree assault and violation of parole. They were scheduled to be arraigned Thursday morning at Southampton Town Justice Court in Hampton Bays.

Kwame Opoku. Photo credit: Courtesy STPD
Kwame Opoku. Photo credit: Courtesy STPD
Emmanuel Coleman
Emmanuel Coleman. Photo credit: Courtesy STPD

The shooting victim was airflifted to Stony Brook University Hospital where he underwent surgery and is listed in critical condition, police said.

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