Updated 10/24/2012 05:27 PM
Nassau DA To Prosecute Ex-Con On Charges In Deadly LI Parkway Rampage
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The ex-con accused of killing a Long Island police officer and a Brooklyn man Tuesday was brought to Nassau County for questioning Wednesday, as grieving family members try to cope with their loss.
Police say they found Darrell Fuller, 33, in a car in St. Albans, Queens after answering a 911 call from someone who heard a gunshot.
By Wednesday evening, Fuller had yet to be formally arraigned in the shooting deaths of Nassau County Emergency Services Unit Officer Arthur Lopez, 29, and Raymond Facey, 52, of Brooklyn.
Nassau County prosecutors are handing the case, and Fuller was brought to Mineola, N.Y. from Jamaica Hospital for questioning.
Police say Lopez and his partner pulled Fuller over on the Cross Island Parkway Tuesday morning because they thought Fuller had left the scene of an accident.
After Lopez approached the car, police say Fuller shot him in the chest, then drove off.
Investigators say Fuller then abandoned his car and carjacked Facey, shooting him in the head.
Nassau County officials say Fuller was previously convicted for attempted murder in 2004 and for selling crack cocaine in 2010.
"One can only wonder how an animal like this was roaming the streets with his rap sheet. He had a conviction for attempted murder in 2004," said Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano. "After being released just five years later, he went back to a life of crime and was arrested in 2010 for selling crack cocaine on the streets of Nassau County."
Lopez was a Queens native and an eight-year veteran of the force.
Outside his Flushing home Wednesday, the slain officer's mother could be seen coming and going with grieving loved ones.
One neighbor described his own sorrow, and how shaken Lopez's mother was last week over news another Nassau County officer was killed, hit by a car while on the job on the Long Island Expressway.
"Last week when the other officer met his demise she was more emotional and she was, was very worried about it. He's working for a cause, but he's also going out of his way to do a very good thing, and that made me very emotional, we were all crying in our home," said Lopez's neighbor, Jaimin Thakor.
Facey's brother-in-law, Joslyn Cameron, said he leaves behind four children and three grandchildren.
"My sister loved that man more than how she love herself and I'm telling you man, I'm really worried for her. The man is a good man - hard-working, law-abiding, positive guy, happy guy," Cameron said.
Meantime, investigators were back at the scene of the crime Wednesday morning, searching for evidence in storm catch basins.
One woman in neighboring Springfield Gardens says when she saw a picture of the man police were looking for in connection with the two shooting deaths, she was stunned because she recognized him.
"I've seen him interacting with people," said the woman. "This is a very active block where, you know, people have a tendency to meet and greet, enjoy themselves. I have seen him in a group of people."
Police spent hours searching for Fuller Tuesday, in some cases going door to door.
The Cross Island Parkway was also shut down for several hours.