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Nassau Officer Killed in Rampage; Suspect Is Arrested

It was hard to miss the silver-colored Honda, driving away from an accident with its tires blown out, rims scratching the pavement. Its driver, the police said, was about to lay down a far bloodier wake.

Two Nassau County police officers followed the car and pulled it over near the Queens border late Tuesday morning. One of the officers, Arthur Lopez, approached the car. A few words were exchanged. Then the driver of the Honda opened his door and got out.

Thus began a deadly rampage that left Officer Lopez and another man dead, and the suspect arrested by New York City police officers after a nearly eight-hour manhunt.

The violence erupted shortly after 11 a.m. after the officers stopped the Honda near 241st Street and Jamaica Avenue, just north of Belmont Park and a few feet outside the Queens border, Nassau County law enforcement officials said at a news conference.

Police officers went door to door on Tuesday in a Queens neighborhood looking for the suspect.

The man in the car shot and killed Officer Lopez, the officials said, striking him in the chest; the officer was not wearing a bulletproof vest. As Mr. Lopez’s partner, Clarence Hudson, performed CPR on the fallen officer, the man drove away, turning the Honda back onto the parkway.

Somehow, he managed to pull over another car, shooting the driver in the head and killing him, the officials said. The body of that victim, identified by the Nassau police as Raymond Facey, of Queens, was visible to passing drivers in the right lane of the southbound side of the Cross Island Parkway. The gunman abandoned the Honda and fled in Mr. Facey’s car, said Steven Skrynecki, the chief of the Nassau County Police Department.

That car was later found abandoned in Queens Village, Chief Skrynecki added, though he did not say exactly where.

Hundreds of officers, including scores from the New York Police Department and federal agencies, immediately began searching for the gunman in Queens, the authorities said.

“His murderer should hear the screams of his mother to understand what he did today,” the Nassau County executive, Edward P. Mangano, said of the fallen officer and the gunman, pausing to take breaths at the news conference. “We can best honor him by hunting down this murderer.”

Police helicopters hovered above the area as night began to fall; officers canvassed the known addresses of a man believed to be the suspect. Around 6:35 p.m., the Nassau officials identified the suspect as Darrell Fuller, a Queens resident who was on parole after serving less than five years for attempted murder and who was arrested in 2010 on charges that he sold crack cocaine; a $50,000 reward for information leading to his capture was also announced.

The arrest came shortly after. A 911 call came in reporting a man shot on 111th Avenue in St. Albans about 6:45 p.m.; officers found Mr. Fuller in a minivan with a gunshot wound in the torso. The police said the wound appeared to be self-inflicted. Mr. Fuller, 33, was arrested and taken to Jamaica Hospital Center, where he was in guarded condition late Tuesday.

Before the arrest, at the news conference in Nassau County Police Headquarters in Mineola, James Carver, the president of the Nassau Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, called for stricter punishments for killers of the police and said Officer Lopez’s death had rocked the force, coming less than a week after another officer, Joseph Olivieri, a highway patrolman, was killed when he was hit by a car while responding to a collision. Officer Lopez attended the funeral.

“To say that this is a difficult time would be an understatement,” Mr. Carver said, “We are still reeling from the loss of our brother from five days ago.”

Officer Lopez, 29, was honored in 2010 by officials from the Town of Hempstead for his actions in saving a man’s life. He was also a volunteer firefighter with the Dix Hills Fire Department and an emergency medical technician.

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