Police Officer Arthur Lopez
Nassau County Police Department, New York
End of Watch: Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Tour of Duty: 8 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: October 23, 2012
Weapon Used: Handgun
Suspect Info: Not available
Agency Contact Information
Commissioner Thomas Dale
Nassau County Police Department
1490 Franklin Avenue
Mineola, NY 11501
Phone: (516) 573-8800
Police Officer Arthur Lopez was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a hit-and-run driver at the intersection of 241st Street and Jamaica Avenue.
Officer Lopez and another officer witnessed the accident near border of Nassau County and New York City. One of the vehicles involved in the accident fled the scene. The Officers followed the vehicle into Queens where they conducted a vehicle stop. As they approached, a suspect opened fire, fatally wounding Officer Lopez. The subject then fled in his vehicle. He then abandoned his vehicle and carjacked a citizen, fatally shooing the driver. The carjacked vehicle was later located, but the suspect remains at large.
Officer Lopez was transported to North Shore Long Island Jewish Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.
Officer Lopez had served with the Nassau County Police Department for eight years and was assigned to the Emergency Services Unit.
A Nassau County police officer was fatally shot at the scene of a traffic accident on the Cross Island Parkway in Queens today. Another person was also shot and killed in the incident.
The officer, identified by Newsday as Arthur Lopez, reportedly approached the accident scene just after 11 a.m. near 241st Street and Jamaica Avenue. A suspect in the car shot and killed the cop before running over to another car where he shot and killed the driver before fleeing in the vehicle.
Lopez, part of the Emergency Services Unit, died at North Shore Long Island Jewish Hospital. He was an eight-year veteran of the force.
Police, some in riot gear, are looking for the suspect in Queens. Groups of officers are searching door-to-door.
The Nassau County Police Department lost another officer just days ago in the line of duty when Joseph P. Olivieri was struck and killed by a car during a traffic stop on the Long Island Expressway. Olivieri’s funeral was held Monday.