Police Officer Fatally Shot on Long Island

The shooting marks the second death for the Nassau County police department in less than one week.


The Nassau County police officer fatally shot near the Cross Island Parkway in Bellerose Terrace Tuesday morning has been identified as Babylon Village resident Arthur Lopez. 

According to the New York Post, the officer, a member of the Emergency Services Unit, was shot and killed near the parkway and Jamaica Avenue in the vicinity of the Belmont Racetrack.

One suspect was believed to be shot by police and the other was still on the run.

A law enforcement official told the Wall Street Journal that "the officer had pulled a car over at about 11:10 a.m. at the entrance ramp to the parkway at 241st Street and Jamaica Avenue."

Multiple reports have stated that the wounded cop was airlifted to North Shore Long Island Jewish Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The shooting comes less than one week after Nassau County Highway Patrol officer Joseph P. Olivieri was struck and killed while investigating a motor vehicle accident on the Long Island Expressway. He was laid to rest Monday.

A moment of silence was held for Lopez during Tuesday afternoon's Babylon Town Board meeting. 

This is a breaking news story. Patch will provide more details when they are made available.

Ryan Bonner contributed to this story. 

Editor's Note: The shooting occurred on the Cross County Parkway. The location was identified incorrectly in an earlier version of this report. Patch regrets the error.


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