Elmont (NY) robbery suspect wounded in police chase
Elmont robbery suspect wounded in police chase
BY MATTHEW CHAYES AND CHRISTINE HERNANDEZ | firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
3:23 PM EDT, April 4, 2009
A fleeing robbery suspect was wounded early Saturday morning in a gunfight with Nassau police, authorities said.
The shooting happened about 3:30 a.m. as cops chased a van containing four suspects connected to a home robbery on Dorothea Lane in Elmont, police said.
An officer who spotted a van matching a description of the suspects traveling west on Dutch Broadway had tried to stop the vehicle, but it took off and zoomed toward St. Albans, Queens.
The New York City Police Department joined in the chase.
Six police vehicles were involved - three from the city, and three from Nassau, police said.
During the pursuit, which spilled over the Nassau County border into Queens and in which speeds ranged from about 30 to 50 miles per hour, the suspects fired on officers, hitting a police car's windshield, but leaving the officers inside uninjured, said Det. Lt. Kevin Smith, Nassau's chief police spokesman. No officers were struck in the incident.
"The police officers are very lucky," Smith said Saturday afternoon. He added: "It was quite dangerous."
The van eventually stopped at Linden Boulevard and 175th Street, where more shots rang out, he said.
Four people inside the van were then taken into custody.
The shot suspect is being treated at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow for a right-shoulder wound, police said. It was not clear at what point during the pursuit the shooting took place. None of the suspects' names were released. Two weapons, a revolver and a rifle, were recovered from the suspects, police said.
In the robbery that preceded the gunfire, a suspect pushed his way into an Elmont home as one of the residents was walking inside, Smith said. Three other robbers followed inside, and the crew bound a man in his 20s and his parents. The robbers, who police believe were wearing partial masks, fled with cash, Smith said.
Shortly after the robbery, the young man was able to free himself and call 911, Smith said.
The NYPD referred all inquiries to Nassau.
Daniel Edward Rosen contributed to this story.
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