CENTER MORICHES, N.Y. — A man has died of an apparent suicide after a standoff with police inside a church on Long Island Friday afternoon.
Police responded to St. John's Catholic Church in Center Moriches around 1:30 p.m.
A retired NYPD sergeant observed a man attempting to set a vehicle on fire in the parking lot and called 911.
Responding officers followed the man, John Beneventano, into the church and Benevento threw a gas can at officers and attempted to light them on fire.
The officers retreated and were not injured.
Beneventano then lit a match and started a fire inside the building.
Officers retreated from the church and a perimeter was established outside.
It was later determined that Beneventano, 42, of Shirley, committed suicide.