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Officer Shoots, Wounds Suspected Drug Dealer On L.I.

Officer Hospitalized With Knee Injury
Nassau County police cruiser (credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS/File)

Nassau County police cruiser (credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS/File)

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LOCUST VALLEY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Police on Long Island said an officer shot and wounded a suspected drug dealer trying to flee a traffic stop.

The shooting happened around 10 p.m. Monday on Horse Hollow Road in the affluent north shore community of Locust Valley.

Nassau County Police Inspector Kenneth Lack said after officers stopped the suspect, the man tried to flee and struck an officer.

“As the police officer approached the defendant’s vehicle, the suspect drove at the officer, striking him, knocking him down,” Lack told WCBS 880′s Sophia Hall.

The suspect then allegedly tried to back up in the direction of the injured officer to strike him a second time. Lack said that is when the officer took out his weapon and fired three shots, striking the suspect once.

The suspect was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. Lack said he had prior drug convictions.

The officer was taken to the hospital with a knee injury.

“This just highlights how dangerous police work could be in areas that you wouldn’t expect it,” Lack said.

Neither the suspect nor the officer was immediately identified.

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