Huntington Man, Sheldon Leftenant, 22, Charged in Shooting of Police Officer; Confronted Officer, Shot Twice
March 12, 2015
LONG ISLAND, NY – Suffolk County Police today arrested a man for shooting a police officer in Huntington Station late last night. The suspect was apprehended at approximately 1:00 a.m.
Suffolk County Police responded to a 911 call Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. reporting that a police officer had been shot near 11 Mercer Court in Huntington Station.
Police Officer Mark Collins, assigned to the Second Precinct Crime Section Gang Unit, was conducting a traffic stop while operating an unmarked police vehicle. There were four individuals in the suspect’s vehicle. The suspect confronted Officer Collins and shot him twice, once in the neck and once in the hip.
Officer Collins was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital via Suffolk County Police helicopter and was listed in serious but stable condition. The officer’s injuries do not appear to be life-threatening, according to CBS.
Sheldon Leftenant, 22, of Huntington, was located approximately one block from the traffic stop. Leftenant was charged with Attempted Aggravated Murder and Resisting Arrest. The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty. Photo SCPD.
After an intensive search for the suspect, Sheldon Leftenant, 22, of Huntington, was located approximately one block from the traffic stop. Leftenant was charged with Attempted Aggravated Murder and Resisting Arrest. He was arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip today. According to Newsday, he was held without bail.
The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty. Defendants are entitled to a fair trial with the burden on the prosecution to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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