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Mangano: Alleged Cop Killer an 'Animal'

A Nassau police officer's murder has left the county's politicians and police officials wondering why the suspect was still walking the streets.

"One can only wonder how an animal like this could roam the streets with his rap sheet," Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano said at a press conference Tuesday night just hours after police officer Arthur Lopez was allegedly shot by suspect Darrell Fuller.

Fuller allegedly gunned down Lopez after a short pursuit from a previous incident.

A short time later, he fatally shot 52-year-old Raymond Facey in the head near the Cross Island Parkway in order to take the Facey's car.

Before Tuesday's incident, the 33-year-old Fuller had spent five years in prison after being convicted of attempted murder in 2004, according to the county executive.

Shortly after his release, Mangano said Fuller was arrested again in 2010 "for selling crack-cocaine on the streets of Nassau County." "

Sadly, this violent, felony offender did only nine months before he was paroled again and caused today's deaths," Mangano said. "The laws of the State of New York really must change in order to prevent officers like Arthur Lopez from losing his life."

According to the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, Fuller was still on probation for his attempted murder conviction. Nassau County Police Benevolent Association President Jim Carver said Fuller should be locked up permanently after Tuesday's shooting.

"The rules have to change, you kill somebody, you don't see the [light of day] again," he said. "...They should not be let loose and kill again. This is a very sad day for everybody."

This story was written by Matthew Hogan.

marianne krause October 24, 2012 at 04:18 PM
I wish you people would stop referring to this human piece of garbage as an animal, animals do not kill for the pleasure these humans do.
Steve October 24, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Animal? But don't refer to this garbage as human. CAGE it like an animal, with a recording of Arthur Lopez's families screams, upon hearing the devastating news. I got to agree with everyone's comments. Parole Board needs to get it right. Judges need to get it right. Where did this piece of S@@@ get a gun. Go after the parole board & trace the guns sale and go after them. Lock them all up. Prayers to the Lopez Family.
Tideline October 25, 2012 at 11:00 AM
Mangano should have ensured that such a large and well respected PD as NC, should have had a mandatory policy that vests must be worn. Vests and seat belts have saved many Officers lives. Get out of the suburban mentality, violence can happen anywhere at any time. RIP PO Lopez.
Steve Johnson October 27, 2012 at 01:16 PM
All New Yorkers, this is an example of the results over time of having liberal minded individuals being appointed as judges. Is it really that hard to connect the dots to this??They have this deep rooted mentality that criminals can be rehabilitated, and its a humanly right to give the guy a chance and all these other BS reasons. Look into the background of the people who allowed this guy to be released, and how they obtained their job position and you will clearly see the answer why this has happened. Our society is eroding more and more because of this, and for the proof look at the top levels of government and all the blatant disregard of our laws. This is a political issue just as well, because this is the fallout that happens when a certain mindset becomes ingrained into our society. Please dont have tunnel vision and look at the whole picture of what is happening.
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