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L.I. Cop Shoots, Injures Passenger During Traffic Stop

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A Suffolk County Police Cruiser - File / Photo: Mike Xirinachs / WCBS 880

Suffolk County Police Cruiser (credit: Mike Xirinachs / WCBS 880)

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WYANDANCH, N.Y. (AP) – Police say a Long Island policeman shot and wounded a man who drew a gun after being pulled over for a traffic infraction.

After stopping the car at 11 p.m. Monday, Suffolk County police say patrol officers smelled marijuana and asked the two occupants to step outside.

The passenger, Jalane Latif, then allegedly pushed one of the officers and pointed a handgun at them. Police say one of the officers discharged five rounds from his weapon, striking Latif twice in the arm.

Latif was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police charged the Wyandanch resident with criminal possession of a weapon. It was not immediately clear if he had retained a lawyer.

They charged the driver with unlawful possession of marijuana.

Police say they recovered a .40-caliber semiautomatic pistol.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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