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Nassau Cop From Babylon Village Shot Dead

Shooting marks second death for the department in less than one week.

This story was updated at 4:33 p.m. on Oct. 23.

A Nassau County police officer was fatally shot near the Cross Island Parkway in Bellerose Terrace Tuesday morning.

The officer has been identified as Babylon Village resident Arthur Lopez, an eight-year veteran of the force, Newsday [paid link] reported. A moment of silence was held during the Babylon Town board meeting earlier today, where Supervisor Rich Schaffer confirmed Lopez's death.

According to the New York Post, Lopez, a member of the Emergency Services Unit, was shot near the Cross Island Parkway and Jamaica Avenue in the vicinity of the Belmont Racetrack.

One suspect was believed to be shot by police and the other was still on the run.

Nassau County Police officials have not confirmed whether a second body found was a suspect.

A law enforcement official told the Wall Street Journal that "the officer had pulled a car over at about 11:10 a.m. at the entrance ramp to the parkway at 241st Street and Jamaica Avenue."

Multiple reports have stated that Lopez was airlifted to North Shore Long Island Jewish Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

According to Long Island Neighborhood Crime Stoppers, police are still searching for a suspect. The suspect is described as a black male, large build, mid 20s, wearing khaki pants and a white t shirt. He discarded a grey sweatshirt near 113th Drive and 223rd Street, where blood was also found.

The shooting comes less than one week after Nassau County Highway Patrol officer Joseph P. Olivieri was struck and killed while investigating a motor vehicle accident on the Long Island Expressway. He was laid to rest Monday.

According to the New York State Department of Transportation, the shooting has closed the Cross Island Parkway both north and southbound near Jamaica Avenue.

This is a breaking news story. Patch will provide more details when they are made available.

Ryan Bonner contributed to this story. 

Seadog24 October 24, 2012 at 09:06 PM
One more thought, Calling this cold blooded murderer an animal is an insult to animals!
Carol October 24, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Heartbreaking!
James Shaffer October 24, 2012 at 10:19 PM
This guy shouldn't have been out of prison. Attempted murder should carry a life sentence without parole. Anytime a firearm is present during a crime a minimum of 30 years without parole, and anytime one is used that either results in injury or death should be a minimum of life in prison without parole. Criminals have zero regard for the lives of the general public, because they know they can get a slap on the wrist and get back out on the streets to continue their life of crime. - Drew from http://www.newyorkmotorinsurance.com
John hobbs October 25, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Admittedly I had not known he was re- released . So point taken. Regardless my heart does go out to the family. thank you for not addressing the rest of the point. Aside fro that my point is the comments made on social media ... And perhaps reading would help you, rather than a blind reply... This is jot about me. This is about a tragic death and comments Made suggesting that justice will be carried out in its own way. Perhaps my comments are better left on a different page but reading them would help prior to ridicule, FYI.
l hilden October 26, 2012 at 03:00 PM
I hope and pray that his family finds some kind of peace down the long road of grief..Officer Lopez was brutally taken in the prime of his life and judges need to open their eyes and hearts because too many scumbags walk into freedom after previous offences....there is no punishment good enough for him and even the death penalty wont bring this beautiful young officer back...why is it that we NEVER learn and why in the name of heaven was it not mandatory to wear his vest....why??? RIP and my heart just breaks!!

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