An ex-convict was convicted Monday of first-degree murder in the deadly shootings of a Nassau County police officer and a random motorist during a carjacking in October 2012.
Darrell Fuller was found guilty on all counts in the slaying of Nassau County officer Arthur Lopez. The 29-year-old officer had stopped him on suspicion of being involved in a hit-and-run accident.
Fuller could be sentenced to life in prison without parole on the murder charge. Sentencing is set for Sept. 5.
Lopez's sister, Charo Ramos, said, "My New Year's resolution was to put a cop killer behind bars and we did that today."
Fuller, of Queens, fled after shooting the officer and killed another man, Raymond Facey, while stealing his vehicle, according to court documents.
Fuller was found in a parked car near 173rd Street and 111th Avenue in St. Albans and appeared to have two self-inflicted gunshot wounds. Prosecutors say he had reached out to friends and "engineered a situation that ended with him being wounded" in an effort to play the victim.
Police officers were inside and outside the courtroom on Monday. Some quietly said "Yes" as the verdict was read.
"What is justice?" said Facey's wife of eight years, Juniepa Facey. "I go home without my husband. There's no justice today."
Fuller has two prior arrests and convictions -- one in October 2004 for attempted murder, and another in March 2010 for selling crack cocaine, according to law enforcement sources.
He was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to the attempted murder charge and later served nine months on the drug conviction, sources said. He was still on parole when he shot and killed Lopez and Facey.
-- Greg Cergol contributed to this report