The detectives ordered the friend and the friend’s children out of the apartment, police said. Jones appeared from another room, armed with a handgun, and started shooting at the officers, they said.
One of the shots fired by Jones went through a wall and hit a 3-year-old girl in the next apartment, police said. The girl was rushed to a hospital, where she underwent surgery and was stable Wednesday, police said.
The girl’s father, James Toney, 35, told Newsday that his daughter had just been given a bath and was getting ready for bed when the bullet struck her.
Toney said he told the officers, “I don’t know what’s going on, but please help me. Please take my daughter.”
Police then surrounded the apartment complex and used loudspeakers to urge Jones to surrender, Newsday reported.
The standoff ended when police sent a robot inside and found Jones dead, Suffolk police said.
No officers were injured, and none fired their weapons, police said.