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Accused cop killer charged with 3 counts of first-degree murder


| aaltman@queenscourier.com

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The Queens man allegedly responsible for the murders of a Nassau County police officer and a Brooklyn motorist was indicted by a grand jury for three counts of first-degree murder.

Darrell Fuller, 33, is accused of fatally shooting Officer Arthur Lopez, 29, on the Cross Island Parkway during a traffic stop on October 23. Fuller’s deadly rampage continued when he attempted to carjack Raymond Facey and shot the unarmed Jamaica immigrant in the head, killing him.

The indictment also includes a count of second-degree murder for Facey’s death, two counts of robbery for attempting to steal Facey’s car and one count of criminal possession of a weapon. If found guilty, Fuller could serve a life sentence.

In 2004, Fuller was convicted of attempted murder, according to Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, but released in 2009. In 2010, Fuller was arrested for selling crack and served another nine months before being released on parole.

As the investigation continued, more details from the case have emerged. According to the Queens District Attorney, Fuller borrowed the silver 2000 Nissan Altima from Gerald Williams, 27, on the day of the incident. The weapons said to have been used in the attack — a TEC 9 semi-automatic firearm and Ruger 9mm semi-automatic pistol — were in the car when it was returned to Williams. Ballistics tests are currently being run to determine if the weapons were those used to kill either Lopez or Facey.

According to court documents, the car belonged to Williams’ girlfriend Chantel Browne, who allegedly loaned it to her boyfriend. It was not clear how Williams knew Fuller.

Williams was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court where he was charged with two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. If found guilty, Williams could serve up to 15 years in prison.

Accused cop killer released from Jamaica Hospital


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THE COURIER/Photo by Terence Cullen

Darrell Fuller, the suspect wanted in connection with killing a veteran Nassau County police officer and a civilian yesterday, was transferred from Jamaica Hospital to Nassau County for booking this afternoon.

Under guard of Nassau County Police and NYPD, Fuller appeared sluggish as he walked out of a side entrance of the hospital into a black car. Fuller, who police say shot himself yesterday following the deadly rampage, was in a yellow shirt and wearing a sling. Bloody bandages could be seen as he lazed into the car — a police officer on each side.

The charges Fuller faces in Mineola are unknown at this time.

 

Ex-con kills decorated cop, motorist


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Anthony DelMundo

BY ALEXA ALTMAN AND MAGGIE HAYES

A Nassau County police officer and a motorist were fatally shot on the Cross Island Parkway in the wake of a cold-blooded ex-con’s rampage.

Nassau County Police Officer Arthur Lopez

Around 11 a.m. on Tuesday, October 23, a tan sedan was involved in a hit-and-run accident on Northern Boulevard in Bayside before taking off down the Cross Island Parkway. Nassau County Police Officer Arthur Lopez, 29, was driving an ESU vehicle towards the scene and saw the sedan’s damaged fender. He signaled for the driver to pull over outside a Mobil station at 241st Street and Jamaica Avenue. After a quick exchange of words, the driver shot Lopez several times and fled down the Cross Island Parkway. Officer Clarence Hudson, Lopez’s partner, administered CPR and attempted to revive his partner at the scene.

Lopez, a decorated eight-year veteran, was taken to North Shore LIJ Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

After abandoning his damaged car, the gunman, now identified as Darrell Fuller, 33, allegedly attempted to carjack Raymond Facey, 52, near Hempstead Avenue, fatally shooting the driver in the process. Fuller then took off on foot. Helicopters circled the area and officers canvassed homes in Queens Village, searching for the perpetrator.

According to published reports, Facey, was speaking on the phone with his daughter at the time of the incident. She allegedly heard her father say “someone’s chasing me.”

A nearby store owner described the scene as “absolutely crazy.”

“When we’re here alone, the store is locked,” said the business owner. “You just don’t know who’s going to come in.”

Ellis Cathey, who lives on the corner of 112th Avenue and Colfax Street in Queens Village, left his house to take out the trash and saw helicopters circling the block and officers with automatic rifles searching the area for Fuller.

“The helicopter got real low, I figured they were looking for somebody,” said Cathey. “I was searching the news channels looking for something that happened, and I saw this guy shot a cop.”

Darrell Fuller

Cathey said that he saw police discover a gray hooded sweatshirt, covered in blood. It was later reported that this sweatshirt belonged to the gunman.

“I’ve lived here since 1996, I’ve never seen anything like this happen. It really can happen anywhere though, I can’t think my neighborhood is immune to this.”

After a multi-hour manhunt, authorities found Fuller at 111th Avenue and 173rd Street in Jamaica and arrested him. He was taken to Jamaica Hospital with self-inflicted gunshot wounds. He was in “stable but guarded” condition.

In 2004, Fuller was convicted of attempted murder, according to Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, but released in 2009. In 2010, Fuller was arrested for selling crack and served another nine months before being released on parole.

At a press conference earlier in the afternoon, Mangano spoke of Lopez’s bravery and dedication to helping others.

“He was a true hero, a very dedicated police officer of eight years,” said Mangano. “He lost his life to a cold blooded murderer.”

Lopez, who was also a volunteer firefighter in Dix Hills, Long Island, is the second Nassau County officer to be killed in the line of duty in less than a week. On Thursday, October 18, Officer Joseph Olivieri was killed when a vehicle struck him while he was responding to an accident on the Long Island Expressway.

“We are very sorry to hear about the loss of Officer Arthur Lopez, an active member of the Dix Hills Fire Department from 2003 to 2005,” said Chief of Department Richard Granahan. “Our deepest sympathy goes out to his family, friends and fellow Nassau County police officers.”

Suspect accused of killing cop, driver in custody at hospital with self-inflicted gunshot wounds


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Police captured the suspected killer of two people, including a Nassau County police office, after a witness heard gunshots coming from a car in Queens.

After a multi-hour manhunt, Darrell Fuller, 33, was taken into custody by police in Queens and transferred to a local hospital with self-inflicted gunshot wounds.  Fuller was found at 111th Avenue and 173rd Street in Jamaica after a witness dialed 9-1-1 when they heard shots fired from within the car.

Authorities did not disclose Fuller’s condition.

Officer Arthur Lopez was shot and killed on the Cross Island Parkway after pulling over Fuller who had just left the scene of an accident on Northern Boulevard.  After abandoning his damaged car, the gunman allegedly attempted to car-jack a motorist, Raymond Facey, 52, of Jamaica, near Hempstead Avenue, fatally shooting the driver in the process.

Cops from Queens and Nassau County canvassed the area for Fuller who was considered armed and dangerous.

Fuller was convicted in 2004 of attempted murder, said Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, but released in 2009.  In 2010, Fuller was arrested for selling crack and served another nine months before being released on parole.

“I extend my deepest sympathies to the families of both deceased,” Mangano said.

The investigation in ongoing.

— Additional reporting by Alexa Altman

 

Nassau County officer shot and killed on Cross Island Parkway


| aaltman@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Alexa Altman / Inset photo NBC New York

A Nassau County police officer and a motorist were fatally shot on the Cross Island Parkway.

Around 11 a.m. on Tuesday, October 23, a tan sedan was involved in a hit-and-run accident at 241st Street and Jamaica Avenue, right on the border of Queens and Long Island. An officer, 29-year-old Arthur Lopez, who was driving an ESU vehicle towards the scene, saw the SUV’s damaged fender and stopped the car. The driver shot Lopez several times and fled down the Cross Island Parkway. Lopez was taken to North Shore LIJ Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

After abandoning his damaged car, the gunman allegedly attempted to car-jack a motorist near Hempstead Avenue, fatally shooting the driver in the process. The shooter then took off on foot. Helicopters circled the area and officers canvassed homes in Queens Village, searching for the perpetrator.

A nearby store owner described the scene as “absolutely crazy.”

“When we’re here alone, the store is locked,” said the business owner. “You just don’t know who’s going to come in.”

This is the second Nassau County officer to be killed in the line of duty in less than a week. On Thursday, October 18, Officer Joseph Olivieri was killed when a vehicle struck him while he was responding to an accident on the Long Island Expressway.

— Additional reporting by Cristabelle Tumola