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2 Suspects Arrested in Hit-and-Run That Critically Injured New York Officer

September 23, 2014  | 

Chad Morizsan (Photo: Suffolk County Jail)
Chad Morizsan (Photo: Suffolk County Jail)

The Suffolk County (N.Y.) Police Department arrested two suspects yesterday following an incident in which a police officer was critically injured in Huntington.

Chad Morizsan, 34, of Ridings Gate, Northport, has been identified by police as the driver of the vehicle that struck and critically injured Second Precinct Crime Section Police Officer Nicholas Guerrero.

Morizsan has been charged with carjacking a Toyota Camry, assault on a police officer, and leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in serious physical injury. In addition he was wanted on three open warrants for violation of probation and petit larceny, reports.

A passenger in Morizsan’s vehicle has also been arrested in this incident. Nicholas Franzone, 22, of Ridings Gate, Northport, has been charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle for his role in the carjacking incident.

Police say the incident occurred Monday afternoon when Suffolk County Officer Nicholas Guerrero and Officer Heriberto Lugo initiated a vehicle stop on Partridge Lane in Huntington. While attempting to speak to the occupants, Officer Guerrero and Officer Lugo were struck by a vehicle which then fled the scene.  A short distance away, the vehicle hit another vehicle and the driver reportedly fled. Police say the suspect also forcibly stole a vehicle from a woman on in Commack. Morizsan  and Franzone were arrested inside a Target in Central Islip.

Officer Guerrero, 36, who has been with the department four years, was transported via Suffolk County Police helicopter to Stony Brook University Hospital.  He was listed in critical condition with a very serious head injury. Officer Guerrero is being monitored in the hospital’s Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit. Officer Lugo was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital where he was treated and released.

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Richard Mullane ( SCPD Re @ 9/23/2014 4:13 PM

Another stellar citizen who had no business being out of prison. Now we have another police officer fighting for his life. Maybe this time the Liberal NY court system will keep this animal locked up ! Prayer with the officer and his family.

TheRookie @ 9/23/2014 9:50 PM

One NYPD Rookie Officer dead with numerous injured in van accident & now this. All in the short start of this week. Take care Brothers/Sisters in NYPD Blue as well as every other Officer in Uniform.

Sky @ 9/24/2014 6:31 AM

The suspect should suffer the same consequences as the Officer. But this is America and that will never happen. I wish for a full recovery for Officer Guerrero and death for the A.H.

steve @ 9/24/2014 9:01 AM

I'd like to know why the news media doesn't go interview the judges that let these pukes out of jail/prison early only to turn right around and do the same old thing again, and hear their reasoning for early release. They obviously don't give a crap about law abiding citizen's rights only the rights of these dirt bags. You reckon it's got anything to do with them being attorneys too. Sure would be nice to see cops get a shot at passing down sentences for a while. Things might get straightened out. No more "conflict of interest" than the way it is now!!!

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