A Hampton Bays man was arrested Sunday for allegedly shooting a 53-year-old man to death in the victim’s Southampton home on Christmas, Suffolk County police said.
Homicide Squad detectives charged Dominick Parisi, 57, of with second-degree murder for the shooting death of Steven Byrnes on December 25. He was taken into custody at gunpoint while sitting in his Jeep Cherokee in the parking lot of Stop & Shop in Hampton Bays.
“What’s this about?” he was overheard asking the investigators, who replied: “You know what this is about.”
Parisi, who previously served a prison term for a first-degree manslaughter conviction and was paroled in 2012, was held overnight at Southampton Town Police headquarters and arraigned Monday at Southampton Town Justice Court, police said. He is also awaiting trial in Suffolk County court on charges of driving without a license, driving an unregistered vehicle, and driving an uninspected vehicle, records show. The suspect’s attorney Jason Bassett was not immediately available for comment.
Southampton Town Police officers had responded to a 911 call reporting a home invasion on Roses Grove Road, where they found a resident of the home had been shot at 8:45 a.m., police had said.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner. Parisi faces 25 years in prison, if convicted.
-With additional reporting by Taylor K. Vecsey