A lunatic shot and killed a Nassau County cop — then killed another motorist as he made his getaway, law-enforcement sources told the Post.
Artie Lopez, an Emergency Services cop, was killed shortly after 11 am after he pulled over a vehicle by a Mobil station on Jamaica Avenue near 241st Street that matched the description of a hit-and-run driver in Nassau County, sources said.
“The cop was walking toward the car. He got about five feet from the door and ‘bam:’ four shots,” said Paul Walcott, 40, a music producer. “Then he just peeled off and got on the highway. Two cars went chasing after him — not cops just regular people, witnesses.”
The driver had four blown tires, so he ditched his ride and car-jacked another vehicle near Hempstead Avenue and the Cross Island Parkway, where he fatally shot the driver, sources said.
The driver ditched that car near 114th Drive and 223rd Street and walked about a half mile.
An off-duty NYPD officer saw the perp and called in the description, but cops did not immediately respond, law-enforcement sources said.
Multiple special units were seen swarming the area in search of the suspect, including MTA, NYPD and Nassau County cops, as well as FBI agents.
MTA and NYPD cops in full riot gear were going door to door from Murdock to Hollis avenues between Francis Lewis and 112th Street. FBI agents and Nassau County cops were also on the scene.
A Nassau County helicopter was buzzing the neighborhood.
Lopez was taken to the New Hyde Park campus of North Shore Long Island Jewish hospital, where he was pronounced dead, sources said.
It was the second Nassau County police fatality on that stretch in as many weeks.
Officer Joseph P. Olivieri, 43, was killed last week by a passing car while pulling over a vehicle near exit 35 in North Hills.
Source: The NY Post