NEW YORK, USA (CMC) — An ex-convict who went on a rampage last week on a busy New York highway has been charged with first degree murder in the alleged slaying of a Jamaican truck driver and a police officer.
Thirty-three-year-old Darrell Fuller, an ex-convict of Queens, New York, was arraigned in a Hempstead, Nassau County, Long Island courtroom on Wednesday following an incident on Tuesday that resulted in the deaths of 52-year-old Brooklyn resident Raymond Facey, and Officer Arthur Lopez, 29, of the Nassau County Police Department.
Prosecutors charged Fuller with two counts of first degree murder, they also charged him with two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and one count of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
"He was on parole, and he had a weapon," said Assistant District Attorney Mitch Benson during Fuller's arraignment.
"These were senseless deaths, and my thoughts and prayers continue to be with the family," he added.
Police said Fuller, who appeared briefly in court on Thursday, either shot himself or had someone else shoot him in what they described as a scheme to make him appear to be a kidnap victim.
Meantime, New York police said they have also arrested Jamaican Gerard Williams, 27, of Queens, as Fuller's alleged accomplice, charging him with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree.
Police said Williams had loaned Fuller a car and two weapons, a Tec 9 semi-automatic and a Ruger 9mm — and that Fuller used them to kill Lopez and Facey, a father of four.
"We are awaiting the results of a ballistics test to determine if the Ruger was the murder weapon," Queens District Attorney Richard Brown told reporters.
Police said Lopez was killed after he stopped Fuller, who was driving a silver 2000 Nissan Altima and allegedly fleeing a hit-and-run accident, on a side street in Bellerose Terrace off the Cross Island Parkway between Queens and Nassau County.
The Nassau County Police Department says it requires uniformed members on duty to wear department-issued body armour. They say Lopez was not wearing a bulletproof vest when he was struck in the chest.
Police said minutes later, Fuller ambushed Facey, who had just pulled off on the side of the parkway — not far from historic Belmont Park — to take a phone call from his daughter over Christmas travel to Jamaica.
Cops said Fuller shot Facey in the face and ran off with his car.
Seven hours later, police said they found Fuller in a stolen van near his home in St Albans, Queens.
Cops said that he shot himself inside the vehicle, and gave up when they approached.
"I'm Fuller — the guy you're looking for," police quoted him as saying.
Police said Fuller, who served five years in jail for the attempted murder of a man in a 2004 confrontation over a parking space in Queens, was released from prison in May 2011 after a drug arrest that violated his parole.