Ex-convict Darrell Fuller arrested for fatally shooting NY police officer, then motorist in carjacking, cops say

Darrell Fuller
CBS New York
Darrell Fuller
CBS New York

(CBS/AP) BELLEROSE TERRACE, N.Y. - An ex-convict was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly fatally shot a Long Island police officer in broad daylight and then killed another driver in a subsequent carjacking.

Nassau County Officer Arthur Lopez, 29, was killed in what started out as a traffic stop, authorities said. Darrell Fuller, 33, was charged with shooting him as well as 52-year-old Raymond Facey. Fuller was on parole after serving time for attempted murder.

Lopez was on patrol Tuesday when he and his partner spotted a damaged silver Honda that was "running on rims." Suspecting it was wanted for leaving the scene of a hit-and-run accident, the officers gave chase and pulled the car over, authorities said.

There was "a brief exchange of words" and then the driver got out of the vehicle and fired one round into Lopez's chest, said police Chief Steven Skrynecki said. Lopez was not wearing a bulletproof vest.

The second officer administered first aid to Lopez, officials said. He was later hospitalized for trauma.

Authorities said the shooter got back into his car and drove away. Soon thereafter, he allegedly shot Facey in the head, dragged him out of his car and left him dead on the roadway as he drove away. Facey's car was later found abandoned in a residential neighborhood in Queens.

Heavily armed New York Police Department officers went door-to-door in Queens searching for Fuller. A 911 caller reported hearing gunfire in Queens amid the massive manhunt.

Responding officers found Fuller in a vehicle with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Fuller was hospitalized in police custody for treatment of an undisclosed wound.

Fuller served four years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted murder in 2005, authorities said. He was jailed again in 2010 after violating his parole, but was released in May 2011.

"We're endeavoring to find out what triggered this entire series of events," said Skrynecki.

Lopez lived on Long Island and was single. He joined the police force in 2004.