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Man, 19, fatally shot by police in Queens had stolen a car after arranging to buy it on social media

Posted: 3:37 PM, Feb 26, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-26 20:16:22-05
Matthew Felix
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NASSAU COUNTY — The 19-year-old man fatally shot by police in Queens on Tuesday had stolen a car in Nassau County earlier that day, officials said Wednesday.

Matthew Felix arranged, via social media, to buy a Mercedes from someone, Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said. They met in Garden City and Felix pointed a black firearm at the victim's head and told him to get out of the car.

Nassau County detectives tracked the Mercedes to Cambria Heights, where Felix lived, and surveilled the residence, Ryder said. While they were there, the carjacking victim positively identified Felix as the carjacker. Officers also determined that Felix had a criminal history, including the use of a firearm a little over a month ago.

The special operations officers, who were wearing police vests, tried to pull Felix over after he left his home and got into a car, which was not the stolen Mercedes, Ryder said.

Felix, who was struck by police gunfire, crashed into a building.

The officers involved were treated for trauma.

Ryder declined to release any additional information. He said the NYPD and the Queens District Attorney's Office were handling the case. After the shooting, the NYPD had directed requests for information to the Nassau County Police Department. A spokesperson said they were not investigating the shooting, even though it happened in Queens. The NYPD did help process the scene.