A Queens man who led police on a manhunt for hours after fatally shooting a Nassau County police officer and another man has been taken into custody, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano announced Tuesday night.
Darrell Fuller, 33, is in guarded condition at an area hospital, after being found by NYPD officers in St. Albans, Queens this evening. He was found with two gunshot wounds, which “appeared to be self-inflicted,” Mangano said. Fuller allegedly gunned down Police Officer Arthur Lopez during a traffic stop on the Cross Island Parkway today and executed another motorist to carjack him.
Officer Lopez, 29, of the Emergency Service Unit was on routine patrol with his partner, Clarence Hudson, in an ESU truck around 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, when they reportedly witnessed what they believed to be a motor vehicle accident near the Cross Island Parkway on Northern Blvd. in Bayside, Queens. Officer Lopez observed a “silver vehicle” leaving the scene of the supposed accident without stopping, police said at a press conference Tuesday night.
The officers began to pursue the suspect vehicle as it traveled south on the Cross Island Parkway. They followed the car, which police said was “driving on its rims”, as it exited the Cross Island Parkway at Jamaica Avenue. It’s there that Lopez and Hudson activated the emergency lights on their patrol truck and initiated a traffic stop, Chief Steven Skrynecki told reporters.
The driver of the suspect vehicle pulled over and Lopez approached the vehicle. A few words were exchanged and the suspect exited his vehicle and shot Officer Lopez in the chest. According to police, Lopez was not wearing his department-issued bullet resistant vest at the time.
Police said Fuller fled the scene as Hudson rushed to perform first aid on his partner. A massive search for the vehicle ensued and eventually cops found the silver car with the assistance of the NYPD, Skrynecki said.
The suspect reportedly dumped the silver car at the undisclosed location, approached 52-year-old Raymond Facey, shot him in the head and killed him. He then took the Facey’s car and fled that location. Police later recovered the car-jacked vehicle as well.
Lopez was stationed out of the ESU command in Bellmore, a police spokesman said. He was a decorated police officer, who received multiple awards, including six meritorious police service awards, three awards for excellent police duty and several command recognitions, a police department spokesman said. He was a police officer with the Nassau County Police Department since 2004 and an ESU officer since January 2010.
Lopez was a volunteer firefighter and EMT with the Dix Hills Fire Department, Commissioner Thomas Dale said. Lopez would have celebrated his 30th birthday next week. Describing Lopez as a true hero and decorated police office, Mangano said, “He lost his life to a cold blooded murderer.”
The Nassau County District Attorney and Queens County District Attorney are currently discussing which office will handle Fuller’s prosecution, sources said. No criminal charges or arraignment information were available.