Leo Duchnowski, 22, wounded in failed escape attempt
(Long Island, NY) An Oyster Bay resident and accused drug dealer was shot by the cop he allegedly drove his vehicle into as he was trying to unsuccessfully escape arrest. His identity has just been released by the the Nassau County Police Department.
Leo Duchnowski, 22, was pulled over in his vehicle at a traffic stop in the vicinity of 99 Horse Hollow Road at approximately 10 p.m. Monday evening. Police at the traffic stop were conducting a drug investigation, according to authorities.
When a police officer walked over to his vehicle after he stopped, Duchnowski panicked and attempted to speed away, hitting the officer with his vehicle and knocking him to the ground, cops said.
While the officer was still on the ground, Duchnowski put the car into reverse while attempting to flee. The officer, a member of the Bureau of Special Operations Criminal Intelligence Rapid Response Team, pulled out his service pistol and fired at and hit Duchnowski, incapacitating him.
Both Duchnowski and the officer were rushed to a local area hospital where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries. The officer, whose name has not been released, was treated and released for a knee injury. Duchnowski is currently listed as being in stable condition.
Duchnowski has been charged with second degree assault, second degree reckless endangerment, three counts of seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree.
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