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Long Island cop hit by car during traffic stop shoots suspect

Posted at 1:44 PM, Jul 02, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-02 13:51:21-04

coptapeA man was shot and wounded by a Nassau County police officer after allegedly hitting the officer with his vehicle during a traffic stop in Locust Valley Monday night, police say.

Cops say incident occurred just after 10 p.m. when the man, who is a suspect in a drug investigation, attempted to flee when the officer pulled him over on Horse Hollow Road, striking the officer in the knee and throwing him to the ground.

Officials say the cop “feared for his safety,” and fired his gun while on the ground to stop the victim, who had put the car in reverse.

The officer was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

It is unclear how many times the suspect was shot or what the extent of his injuries are.

Police say that the suspect is pending arraignment on drug charges and has been arrested multiple times in the past.