NEW HYDE PARK, LONG ISLAND (PIX11) – A 32-year-old Nassau County police officer is recovering Wednesday after he was shot in the right hip responding to a 911 call for a burglary at 41 Campbell Street in New Hyde Park.
The incident happened just before 2 a.m. Law enforcement said the couple living in the home called police immediately so the response was quick.
According to Det. Lt John Azzata, “The first responding officer was confronted by an individual fleeing the home. Upon fleeing the home and seeing the police officer, the police officer thought that the subject was going to surrender. The subject didn’t surrender but quickly turned and fired upon the police officer, striking him in the hip.”
Back-up officers soon arrived and the injured officer was rushed to Long Island Jewish Hospital by patrol car. He was then transferred to North Shore University Hospital. Police said the officer is out of surgery and is stable. He has been with the Nassau County Police Department for about six years.
Police said this was not a random burglary. The house was targeted. No one else was injured but a large part of New Hyde Park was shut down overnight as police hunted for the suspects. Two people were taken into custody.
Surrounding streets were reopened to the public by 8:30 a.m.