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Hit-and-Run Suspect Kills N.Y. Officer, Carjacking Victim

October 23, 2012  | 

Photo via Nassau County PD Facebook page.
Photo via Nassau County PD Facebook page.

Police arrested the hit-and-run driver who allegedly gunned down a Nassau County (N.Y.) Police officer and motorist shortly after nightfall on Tuesday.

Darrell Fuller, a Queens resident who was on parole for attempted murder with a $50,000 reward for his capture, was taken into custody.

Earlier in the day, at about 11 a.m., officers Arthur Lopez and Clarence Hudson pulled over Fuller's silver Honda on the Cross Island Parkway at Jamaica Avenue, near the Belmont Park racetrack. Fuller opened fire, striking Officer Lopez in the chest. The officer was not wearing his ballistic vest.

Fuller then carjacked a bystander and killed him, fleeing in that car, reports the Associated Press. New York Police Department officers joined Nassau County officers in a six-hour manhunt, reports the New York Times.

Officer Lopez became the second line-of-duty death for the agency is less than a week. Officer Joseph Olivieri was struck and killed while investigating an accident on Thursday.


N.Y. Cop Struck, Killed Responding to Wild Wreck

Comments (11)

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Leonard Mather @ 10/23/2012 7:05 PM

My favorite, most memorable professor of clinical psychology in my doctoral program never learned to swim. He lived in Jacksonville, FL. He wore his vest diligently all of his life, except for one time while in the motorboat with his family. The boat lurched forward. Dell was seated at the rear and fell off, sank and was not found for a long while due to the depth. When finally found, he was dead. Dell was 55. There is a moral to this story. Learn to swim, and if not, ALWAYS wear your vest when boating. My sincere sympathy to the family of the officer as well to Dell's family.

michael @ 10/24/2012 12:29 AM

Once again, our parole system at its best..........The system is not working people.
We must punish these people extremely hard the first time, so they don't ever want to come back to jail. I'm not talking about small/minor offense for the first time. I'm talking about more violent/felony offense they commit especially when they have a criminal history.

Ima Leprechaun @ 10/24/2012 1:45 AM

On parole for attempted murder, well I suspect he had a much more violent past prior to the attempted murder conviction. Every facet of the Criminal Justice System is over worked and under appreciated and I suspect that the parole officers were doing the best they could with what they had to keep up with this offender. My condolences to the families that lost someone in Tuesday's attack. Hopefully the suspect will recieve at the very least the death sentence for his new crimes. (As for the moral to the story Leonard [email protected] referred to I doubt wearing a bullet proof vest would do anything for a drowning victim other than make him drown faster unless the story intended a water life saving vest. But the story really doesn't specify what kind of vest he was supposed to be wearing and the Magazine story referred to a bullet proof vest so my first thought was of a bullet proof vest)

Nichole @ 10/24/2012 4:13 AM

Really Ima? Way to miss the point.

Very sad. Wish he would've been wearing his vest.

Steve @ 10/24/2012 6:10 AM

Yet another example of LE paying the ultimate price so the ACLU and others like them can feel good about their efforts. I still say it all goes back to law makers, who are mostly slimball defense attorneys setting things up to serve themselves. This puke was paroled probably because it was too crowded in the jail/prison. Who, besides the ACLU, cares if it's overcrowed? At least decent, law abiding citizens (whose rights are dwindling fast) can feel safe knowing these pukes are behind bars. And as Michael stated, maybe if it was so overcrowded the pukes thought it to be deplorable in jail, they wouldn't want to go back. What our society is using now isn't working. Let's try something else for a while!

westcoastleo @ 10/24/2012 6:36 AM

All of your comments are correct about a broken system re parole. It needs to be fixed, hopefully the next parolee who kills someone will pick the kid of an ACLU attorney or the wife of one.

Juan 10-13 @ 10/24/2012 6:53 AM

I'm again so sorry to hear that another brother has been taken by the hands of a "MUTT". My sincerest pryaers to the family. Hey Nichole.....thanks....I got it on the first reading! Oh well!

TERRY ZECH @ 10/24/2012 9:56 AM

My sincere condolences to the officers family and to his department. We all needto ensure that our tools are in place when on duty. Godspeed brother.

desertfuzz @ 10/24/2012 11:29 AM

@westcoastleo: I agree, it would take an ACLU slime ball or their familly to be the victim of a violent crime before they come out of fantasy land. There are a few of them I'm sure that are so heartless that even if their child was gang-raped they would find a way to feel pity for the defendants. Too bad we can't ship 'em all off to Somalia and let 'em complain about human rights and civil liberties there.

ss @ 10/25/2012 6:56 AM

The moment I read this I was so pissed. How the hell this guy got of prison is beyond me. I'm not gonna mention anything about the officer's vest. Cause it shouldn't matter. This p.o.s. had it in his mind what he wanted to do. His intentions were clear. This should've never happend! Hopefully this next time around they can put this p.o.s. to death. When and if they do, he'll just spend a few more years in prison with the appeal process and these assholes that are the aclu will fight for this p.o.s.'s rights. Sorry, but he shouldn't have any. I know that all of the frustration and anger I have , all of you in law enforcement know what I'm talking about. Sorry just had to vent....

Wire Paladin @ 5/20/2014 1:50 AM

Blame the officer for not wearing a vest. wow! The vest only covers a small area and did nothing for me when I was shot in the face. I ensure that all of my officers wear there vest, but sometimes they don't shoot you in the vest. I would recommend that you go to a uniform store, put on a properly fitted vest and see what it actually covers. Bullets come from odd angles and a vest is not the holy grail that civilians believe they are. Remember, "Bullet Resistant" not "Bullet Proof." Vests are not a replacement for good tactics and common sense...Blame the killer not the victim. The public would be horrified if the police blamed a victim for causing the crime, but it is fine to snipe at a dead police officer and his/her family.

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