"The bullet itself came within an inch of vital structures in his neck. He didn't require surgery, which is remarkable, but with that said, he was in a medically induced coma at one point; he was in our ICU and on life support," says Dr. James Vosswinkl.
Officer Collins was shot just before midnight Wednesday following a foot pursuit. During a plainclothes traffic stop, he and two other gang officers in an unmarked police cruiser pulled a vehicle over for a traffic violation. A man jumped out of the car and Collins chased him. There was a confrontation and the officer was shot.
The suspect accused of shooting him has been ordered held without bail. Sheldon Leftenant, 22, was taken into custody following a search of the area.
Police said Leftenant admitted to the shooting. They said he was a well-known gang member, and that he is well-known to Suffolk County police, including Collins.