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Officer shoots man during Queens Village traffic stop: NYPD

By Patrick Donachie

Police shot a Hempstead man after he allegedly pulled a gun during a traffic stop gone awry in Queens Village Wednesday evening, the NYPD said.

At about 10:54 p.m., a sergeant and two police officers from the 105th Precinct’s Anti-Crime Unit saw a silver Mercedes Benz commit a traffic violation at the intersection of Hollis Avenue and 212th Street, according to the NYPD.

The officers tried to stop the car on Hollis Avenue and 214th Street, but police said that the driver, Ramell Lockwood, 34, refused to put the car in park.

The sergeant opened the passenger side’s door and entered the vehicle, but Lockwood then drove off with the sergeant still inside the car. The other officers pursued the sedan in unmarked vehicles, stopping the car at 217th Street, according to the NYPD.

Police said that Lockwood and the sergeant struggled. Then, according to police, Lockwood got out of the car and took out a .40 caliber Glock 26 semi-automatic handgun.

The sergeant then shot Lockwood in the right leg, according to police. Lockwood was taken into custody and transported to Queens Hospital, where he was in stable condition.

According to police, the gun was recovered at the scene.

Five officers were taken to Long Island Jewish Hospital for evaluation and one was treated for a bite wound on his left arm. According to police, Lockwood bit the officer during the arrest.

Lockwood was subsequently charged with criminal possession of a weapon, menacing, reckless endangerment and with resisting arrest, a police spokesman said.

Reach reporter Patrick Donachie by e-mail at pdonachie@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4573.

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