Man shot by officers after trying to run them over in Westbury: police

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WESTBURY, N.Y. (PIX11) -- Nassau County police shot a man after they say he tried to run them over with a stolen car in Westbury.

The shooting happened at 4:20 a.m. Saturday, when police were responding to a 911 call about a suspicious person in a car in front of 722 Clinton St.

As officers approached the car, Levaughn Tingle, of Baldwin, tried to drive away, police said.

Authorities said the 25-year-old intentionally drove toward the officers, who shot at him several times.

He was taken to a hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

"I heard the shots. There were five, a pause, then three or four more," neighbor Alistair Sealy told PIX11.

Bishop Lionel Harvey of the First Baptist Cathedral of Westbury arrived on Clinton Street, the scene of the shooting, to find out details.

"The community is hearing a lot if different things," Harvey said. "We need to get to the root of this with all the tension around the country."

Charges are pending against Tingle, who has an active arrest patrol warrant for absconding.


  • guninsuranceblog

    It’s probably not self-defense. People who feel they are in danger from a car put their full attention into getting out of the way. Shooting at the driver is not an effective way to protect yourself. I guess that exceptions are possible but it’s really a stretch of common sense to believe shooting a driver is defensive. It is, however, really common for officers to shoot drivers, perhaps they’re badly trained.

    • Jim

      It is more used to end a 2nd. 3rd or more tries at sucessfully running them over. So it kinda is. If a guy empties his gun at you and while he reloads and you shoot him would that be self defense or do under your terms you need to wait until he starts firing again

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