A man is in custody after a massive manhunt that followed a shooting late Tuesday morning along the Cross Island Parkway near Belmont Park that left a Nassau County police officer and another victim dead.
Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano said in a press conference Tuesday night that Darrell Fuller, 33, was arrested in connection with the shooting deaths of Emergency Services Unit officer Arthur Lopez, 29, and Queens resident Raymond Facey, 52.
According to Nassau County police, New York City police officers responded to a 911 call and found Fuller inside a car at 111th Avenue and 173rd Street in St. Albans with what appeared to be self-inflicted gun wounds.
Mangano said at the press conference that 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," Mangano said.
Lopez, an eight-year veteran of the Nassau County police force, was killed at around 11 a.m. Tuesday after what police say was a traffic stop that went terribly wrong.
According to Nassau County police, Lopez and his partner were on patrol on Northern Boulevard in an ESU vehicle when Lopez saw what he thought was an auto accident and then thought he saw a silver-colored Honda leave the scene of that accident.
The two officers chased the vehicle that they thought left that accident as the vehicle left Northern Boulevard and traveled on the Cross Island Parkway, according to Nassau County police.
Nassau County police said a stop then occurred on the Nassau County side of the Queens-Nassau border at 241st Street and Jamaica Avenue and Lopez approached the alleged suspect's vehicle.
After a short exchange of words, Nassau County police said that the alleged suspect got out of his car, fired one shot and hit Lopez in the chest, killing him.
The suspect then fled southbound on the Cross Island Parkway, according to police, who said they found the silver-colored Honda a short distance from that location.
According to Nassau County police, it appeared that the alleged suspect exited the Honda and approached Facey near the Belmont Racetrack.
The alleged suspect removed Facey from his Toyota Camry and fired a single shot to the head, killing him, according to police.
Nassau County police said that Facey was left on the ground next to the abandoned Honda.
The alleged suspect then took the Camry, drove a short distance and abandoned that vehicle, according to Nassau County police.
Fuller was transported to a city hospital, where he remains in police custody.
Hundreds of cops from the NYPD and the Nassau County Police Department spent the afternoon scouring several neighborhoods, even going door to door. Authorities locked down at least six Queens public schools for safety.
Lopez leaves behind his parents and a sister. He was also a volunteer firefighter.
Joslyn Cameron, Facey's brother-in-law, said Facey leaves behind four children and three grandchildren.
"My sister loved that man more than she loved herself. I'm telling you, man, I'm really worried for her, man," Cameron said. "The man is a good man. Hard-working, law-abiding, positive guy. Happy guy."
An investigation into the incident continues.