Legislator John Giuffré joined with the Nassau County Legislature to honor 3 police officers who took a dangerous suspect off the streets who committed numerous crimes, including attempted murder and robbery.
On February 28th, Bureau of Special Operations Officers Robert Psomas and Michael Sierzant noticed a black Dodge Charger that matched the description of a vehicle used in a gunpoint robbery. A license plate check revealed that the vehicle was stolen, and that the occupant was potentially armed and dangerous. The officers attempted to pull the vehicle over, but the suspect refused to stop and crashed during the pursuit. As the officers exited their vehicle, the occupant of the car fired two shots at them, striking the police car. The subject refused to give up the weapon and surrender and began to aggressively drive his damaged vehicle. As First Precinct Officers arrived on the scene, the driver exited the vehicle and fired his weapon at the Officers again and fled on foot. BSO conducted a yard to yard search and Lt. Daniel Delargy found the gunman and ordered him to drop his weapon. He complied and was arrested. He was charged with two counts of attempted murder of a police officer, a separate attempted murder in Hempstead, a gunpoint robbery, and other crimes.
“Every day, our police deal with individuals who are ready to hurt or kill them,” Legislator Giuffré said. “The professionalism and training of these officers allowed them to remain calm under fire and pursue and arrest this suspect, even though he shot at them. Thank you serving and protecting the people of Nassau County.”
Shown in photo above, left to right: Legislator Giuffré; Robert Phaneuf, BSO; James DiGiambattista, BSO; Keath Mishkin, BSO; Officer Robert Psomas; Officer Michael Sierzant; Lt Daniel Delargy; Sgt Kieran Healy; James Shanahan, Financial Secretary of PBA; Legislator Mazi Melesa Pilip.