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Nassau Cop Fires Weapon After Stolen Vehicle Rams Police Car

Cop opens fire Friday night after stolen vehicle drives into police car.

A Nassau County cop fired his gun at a stolen vehicle Friday night in Farmingdale after the vehicle rammed the officer's car, police said. 

No one was injured in the incident which began after a car was stolen from the parking lot of Lotus Garden Chinese Restaurant, located at 345 Conklin Street, police said. 

The officer soon spotted the vehicle in the parking lot of the Spartan Diner, at 1580 Broad Hollow Road in Farmingdale, police said.

As the officer was beginning to exit his police car to conduct an investigation, the stolen car, a 2008 white Toyota Highlander, drove at and collided with the police car's door, which forced the officer to withdraw his service weapon and fire a round at the stolen vehicle, police said. 

The stolen car, which was believed to have been occupied by three to four unknown people, fled the scene on Broad Hollow Road in Suffolk County, police said. 

The officer was not injured, but was transported to an area hospital for evaluation.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding the incident to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.

Massa February 27, 2014 at 09:30 AM
Nice comment.....It's Libs like yourself that make this country week.... Just like you.
knee jerk February 27, 2014 at 11:58 AM
Hell, I don't even like country music, I sure as hell won't attend "country week" anywhere, especially in one of your "red" states.
Massa February 27, 2014 at 01:46 PM
Weak Obama lover. Probably voted for him twice.
knee jerk February 27, 2014 at 02:43 PM
Why, could I have voted for him more than twice living outside of Illinois? You're gonna love Hillary.
Tim E March 08, 2014 at 10:59 AM
It is ridiculous that people actually think that this officers actions are okay. Shooting at a moving vehicle filled with one criminal driver and several possibly innocent passengers is absurd. What was the officer hoping to accomplish? The officer was firing a pistol not a howitzer. His pistol wasn't ever going to stop the car. What about all the innocent people that weren't even involved that could of been struck by the officers bullet?
Massa March 08, 2014 at 11:55 AM
Tim, please read Six Packs post above from February 17th. These weren't innocent good civilians in the car. They had just did a purse snatch and were up to no good.When someone is going to try and run you down with a vehicle.... Which in this case is a weapon... Are you going to get hit or killed and not fire at the threat? This is real life Tim. All the people in that car were no good criminals. The officer is justified for trying to save his own ass and go home at the end of his shift to see his family. It would be great if every civilian could be a police officer for just a week. Then maybe.... Just maybe some people would have a clue.
Tim E March 10, 2014 at 01:10 AM
Again. How is shooting a pistol at a moving vehicle going to save the officers life? I took physics. A 115 grain bullet traveling at 1150 feet per second does nothing to stop a 3000 pound moving vehicle. Purse snatching is not a capitol crime and if it were that sentence is for a judge to hand out, not a cowboy cop. Only one person was operating the vehicle if anyone else got shot it would be gross negligence of the criminal nature on that officers part.
Massa March 10, 2014 at 07:53 AM
Ok, thanks for the physics lesson Tim. Maybe you should have read into the story more. The vehicle was stolen.... The officers vehicles door was struck by the stolen vehicle. Hmmm let's see.... That would place the officer somewhere real close to his vehicles door that was struck when the officer was exiting. It cracks me up how someone like you.... Would most likely works 9-5 and sits behind a desk in a office doing whatever you do, could monday morning quarterback what a police officers action were when someone was trying to run him down.You call him a cowboy cop. You weren't their and I would love to see what someone like you would do when you were put in that position. You know you are the kind of guy that wouldn't be able to handle that job. Maybe your cushioned life was never in danger and you never had to make a life threatening decision.....that is great for you. Maybe you should try and put yourself in that officers shoes. I am sure he wanted to go home at the end if his tour and see his family.I am sure he didn't want to shoot at a moving vehicle that was going to harm him or others.
Lance March 10, 2014 at 08:20 AM
Tim, your physics calculation excludes a key component which is the driver's ability to use the steering wheel and pedals. If someone were using a car as a weapon against you, to your point, it would be in your best chance of escaping unharmed to not try to get the vehicle to 0mph but to make it so if you step to the right the vehicle will not follow intentionally. The same is true if someone is aiming a gun at you. Surely you will not try to stop the actual bullet but stop the person that has fired or can fire the next bullet. As mentioned by someone earlier we don't know all the facts, but I'm giving the benefit of doubt to the officer that puts his neck on the line vs some alleged car thief that is nowhere to be found and likely plotting his or their next caper. If any of those people were innocent and felt their 6th ammendment rights were violated by a cowboy cop. they could lawyer up and turn themselves in to get their story out. Also keep in mind the offense that brought about the officer firing his weapon is more serious than a purse snatching or auto theft. Here is a definition of criminal homicide. If a person commits or attempts to commit a felony, other than manslaughter, and in the course of and in furtherance of the commission or attempt, or in immediate flight from the commission or attempt, he commits or attempts to commit an act clearly dangerous to human life that causes the death of an individual. Lastly I don't agree with comments made by someone that referred to this country as weak. I believe this country is great and strong although not perfect it is better than most as is our justice system. This situation has nothing to do with the President or gun laws. Not sure why those 2 were even brought up other than some folks just wanting to spew irrelevant nonsense.
Massa March 10, 2014 at 09:43 AM
Lance, I was the one who made the comment about some people making our Country weak. I was referring to a dumb comment that someone else made in here. I love this country. It is the best country in the world. I served it for years. I do have to disagree with you about our judicial system. Criminals being let out on plea bargains and back on the street. It is scary with the crap I have seen these lawyers let these people walk with a slap on the wrist. I have seen it up close.... And it is sickening.
Lance March 10, 2014 at 12:09 PM
Hi Massa, first I’ve got to thank you for your service to this country . Now, let me say, I hear ya with regard to some criminals walking away and yes it sucks. With regard to your feeling of our justice system. As I said earlier, our judicial system is not perfect, let’s look at some key characteristics. In the US you are innocent until proven guilty and have a right to professional defense even if you can’t afford it. Grant it, and here is my big issue, if you can afford a really high end Defense, your chances of being acquitted even if you are guilty are better than someone that is innocent if they can’t afford a high end Defense. But that aside, if someone accuses you of a crime, that alone doesn’t mean guilt. The state needs to convince 12 people (of which you have some say in selecting who those 12 people are), that you are guilty of the crime. There are times when the DA doesn’t think they can convince 12 people so they opt for a plea bargain versus letting the person walk completely. But overall, our system is one of the things that makes us a great country and sets us apart. In other countries, someone that doesn’t like you (not that such a person exists) could say “I saw Massa break into a home, steal some things and brutally beat the occupants”, and let’s say you were on a boat by yourself just relaxing at the time. In that country you’d have to prove you were on that boat assuming they don’t cut your hand off or something like that right away. And if you couldn’t prove it, oh well, so long Massa. In some countries, the state’s law enforcement could legally beat you into a confession or withhold nutrition and or human contact until you confess to the crime, even if you are innocent. In those countries, they probably have a really high conviction rate and the number of people that walk away is probably nil. Now I am going to assume you’d take our judicial system even with a lower conviction rate over the one I just described. Lastly, let’s be honest here, our system is flawed because it relies on people and people are flawed. We’ve got good cops and bad cops, smart jurors and judges and dumb ones, savvy lawyers and simple ones, criminals and law abiding people. Hang in there Massa, it’s not as bad as it may appear at times.
Massa March 10, 2014 at 08:39 PM
Lance, I do agree with you on some points that you make. I had a gun arrest where the perp had a loaded 38 cal and was standing right behind me and my partner. We had no idea because it was a busy place and he didn't fit the description from the call. He dropped the gun and we arrested him without incident. We went to court several times and in the end this mutt gets 5 years probation. This guy could have shot both of us and he gets zero jail time. That is just an example of one if the many that police officers deal with everyday. It is the worst feeling taking these guys off the streets where they could harm anyone... Just to have them put back with a slap on the wrist.
knee jerk March 12, 2014 at 12:59 AM
Massa- If you were a bridge painter you'd bitch about how dangerous that job was- you chose a job with inherent danger-stop your crying, it comes with the territory.
Massa March 12, 2014 at 08:37 AM
Yes D bag. I did take the job of police officer and 1 am very proud to have served helping people. You are a little coward who couldn't handle the things a police officer does or sees during their career. All you do is bash cops and others on here who who support cops. You have a serious problem. I am very proud of my career and all of the other men and women that have put on the uniform to protect a holes like you.
knee jerk March 12, 2014 at 08:48 AM
And it's that very attitude towards the people you "served" that I'm talking about. Not once did I call you an A-Hole, coward or what appears to be your favorite: D bag.
Massa March 12, 2014 at 09:12 AM
You are just ignorant. You just don't get it and you never will. You just don't seem to like cops... Whatever. You don't know me or anything I have done in my career. So, don't tell me you know how I treated people. I am talking about YOU. You must be like that guy at work who talks behind people backs.
knee jerk March 12, 2014 at 09:35 AM
Oh, you mean the desk sargent?
Massa March 12, 2014 at 11:05 AM
Like I comment in one of my posts before. Every job has bad apples. I guess you live in a fantasy world.
knee jerk March 12, 2014 at 11:19 AM
Apparently, you want to ignore the "few bad apples", while, apparently, that's all I want to talk about. You know what Robert Moses said about being remembered as a "bridge builder".
Massa March 12, 2014 at 12:14 PM
What do you do for a living.... Please let us all now. We are very curious.
knee jerk March 12, 2014 at 05:46 PM
I'm a comic.
Massa March 12, 2014 at 06:07 PM
Well, you suck at it.
knee jerk March 12, 2014 at 06:39 PM
It pays the bills. Admit it, even you, with little or no sense of humor, got a chuckle out of it.
Massa March 12, 2014 at 07:56 PM
No not really.I really want to know what you do. You bashed what I do, so tell me what you do.
knee jerk March 13, 2014 at 10:56 AM
Psychiatrist, but unfortunately for you, I'm not accepting new patients at this time.
Massa March 13, 2014 at 11:07 AM
Oh, this all makes sense now. Your a B/S doctor.... Lol. OMG, you get paid to scam people and make believe you understand their problems....lol. Figures.
knee jerk March 13, 2014 at 11:08 AM
Every job has a "couple of bad apples". Don't judge me by those other d-bags & mutts.
Massa March 13, 2014 at 01:48 PM
Lol lol lol.
Massa March 13, 2014 at 02:07 PM
See, I do have a good sense of humor.I am laughing at all your B/S .
knee jerk March 13, 2014 at 03:23 PM
And see, I really am a comic psychiatrist because I made even you laugh.

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