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Long Island Cop Shoots Suspect Who Hit Officer With Car in Queens: Police

The man was shot after allegedly trying to ram his car into a police car and pinning an officer, police say

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    A police officer from Long Island shot a man in Queens Sunday afternoon after the man allegedly rammed his vehicle into a police car and pinned another officer, the Nassau County Police Department says. Ida Siegal reports. (Published Sunday, Jan 5, 2014)

    A police officer from Long Island shot a man in Queens Sunday afternoon after the man allegedly rammed his vehicle into a police car and pinned another officer, the Nassau County Police Department says.

    The suspect, 21-year-old Mohammed Ali, sustained non life-threatening injuries after being shot in the chest about 4:30 p.m. in Jamaica Estates, police say. Officers shot the man, suspected of robbing a house in Hicksville Jan. 3, after a violent confrontation on Wexford Terrace.

    Four plainclothes officers were in the area investigating the Nassau County robbery when they saw a suspect in the crime get into a parked car, police say. The officers moved in and parked beside the man, blocking him in.

    Once officers showed the suspect their badges, he tried to ram his way out, pinning an officer in the process.

    The suspect then backed the car onto the sidewalk and pulled forward again. Then, police say, an officer in the car’s path fired two shots, one of which went through the windshield and hit the man in the chest.

    The officer who was pinned suffered a significant leg injury and is recovering at the hospital, a Nassau County Police Department spokesman said. The officer, who was not identified, is 46 years old and a 20-year veteran with the force.

    Ali was taken to a hospital but has not yet been charged with any crime, the department said.

    The investigation continues.

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