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Nassau Officer Slain in Apparent Friendly Fire

Nassau Officer Slain in Apparent Friendly Fire

A crime scene in Massapequa Park where a police officer was fataly shot. (March 12, 2011) [AP]

The Daily Mail

March 13, 2011

MASSAPEQUA PARK, NY – A Nassau County Police officer was shot and killed on Saturday night in Massapequa Park, New York, according to a hospital spokesman.

Police are not revealing any information about the incident but initial reports claimed that the plain clothes officer was shot by another policeman by mistake.

Special operations officers had been called to the Long Island suburb after reports that a man had been seen carrying weapons in the area.

The plain clothes officer had spotted the suspect and was reportedly trying to arrest him near the Long Island Rail line on Front Street when he was fatally wounded around 8.20pm.

The officer was transported to Nassau University Medical Center, where he died of his wounds.

The centre’s Public Affairs Director Shelley Lotenbergat announced that the as-yet unnamed officer was pronounced dead at 9.19pm.

While Nassau police would not confirm the ‘friendly fire’ reports, a spokesman did reveal that two other officers were sent to the hospital with ‘trauma-related’ injuries.

The suspect, who has also not been named and is believed to be in his twenties, was also shot and killed when he lunged at officers with knives.

NBC New York reported that the suspect had barricaded himself in a room of a house owned by his parents.

After evacuating all other residents from the property, officers entered to confront the suspect.

It was then that he lunged at the officers and, in the resulting melee, the officer was fatally shot.

Nassau County Police Lieutenant Kevin Smith told CBS NEWS: ‘What happened pretty much still remains a little bit unclear. But what we’ve determined so far is that, at one point, this individual exits that back bedroom, he begins to run at the police officers, he challenges them, he lunges at them with his arms up in the air, the officers are forced to defend themselves, and shoot in his direction.’

The New York Daily News reported that the officer might have been shot by a Metropolitan Transport Authority officer, as the shooting scene was near a rail station.

Police cordoned off several blocks around the scene of the shooting and are conducting a full investigation. A spokesman said more details would be released later today.

The officer’s death is the second for Nassau police this year. Highway patrolman Michael Califano was killed on February 5 when a truck slammed into his police cruiser in Old Westbury.

Prior to Califano’s death, no county officer had been killed in the line of duty since 1993.

  • Bosox_2_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Rest In Peace Officer.

  • Esu_patch_max50


    about 3 years ago


    RIP 2nd officer from Nassau County PD to be killed this year, Im sure he'll be met at the gates by PO Califano, two of Nassaus finest to patrol heavens streets,,,, My thoughts also to the MTA officer who fired, terrible burden to bear,,,,

  • Blue_crop380w_max50


    about 3 years ago


    RIP Officer.

  • In_remembrance_of_oakland_pd_max50_max50_max50_max50_max50


    about 3 years ago


    A very sad tragedy for all, may this officer rest in peace and those that were injured heal quickly.

  • Thinker_max50


    about 3 years ago


    RIP and condolences to the family of the fallen officer. If this was friendly fire as reported, I also wish the best for any officer involved as I can only imagine the guilt and shame they must be feeling...

  • Policeforever_140_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Dear friends.
    All members of the French Police organization ( non profit) and myself (President) would like to present to you all our condolences for this terrible news.

  • 321910_276082379080571_275962482425894_1020326_77530166_o_max50


    about 3 years ago


    RIP Brother

  • French_chopper_seat_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the slain officer's family, friends, and colleagues during this difficult time. Also, prayers to the MTA officer, as this will be a heavy burden to bear the rest of his/her life.
    Yet another tragedy to make this year so horrible for LEO's.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago

    This is awful.How could mistakes be made like this.It's because of this word we live in.No one knows who is who anymore when something bad is happening as it is going so fast.So many people have been doing all these horrible things than when a police comes up no one knows who is who.RIP officer and God Bless his Family and I hope all goes well with all that has happened.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago


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  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago


    In my previous comment I neglected to extend my prayers also for the officer involved in this most unfortunate incident I apologize for that

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    about 3 years ago


    Rest in peace, officer.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago


    Rest in peace sir,your work on earth is done.Thank you for all you gave in protecting the citizens of Nassau County.May God hold your family,friends and LE family in His arms to comfort them in their time of loss and sorrow.

  • 100_0200_max50


    about 3 years ago


    My prayers go out to the fallen officer and the department as a whole. We just dealt with this same thing in Baltimore.

  • Melilly_max50


    about 3 years ago


    My thoughts and prayers go out to the officer and his family.

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