Police Officer Critically Injured After Suspect Flees

Huntington – Partridge Lane, Monday, September 22, 2014 at approximately 1:35 p.m.

Suffolk County Police Vehicular Crimes Unit detectives are investigating an incident that critically injured a police officer in Huntington this afternoon.

Second Precinct Crime Section Officers Nicholas Guerrero and Officer Heriberto Lugo initiated a vehicle stop on Partridge Lane in Huntington at approximately 1:35 p.m. While attempting to speak to the occupants, Officer Guerrero and Officer Lugo were struck by the vehicle which then fled the scene.  A short distance away, the driver of the vehicle hit another vehicle and fled. At approximately 1:50 p.m., the suspect forcibly stole a vehicle from a woman on Dovecote Lane in Commack. A broadcast notification was made and the suspects were located and arrested inside the Target, located at 160 North Research Place, Central Islip.

Officer Guerrero, 36, who has been with the department four years, was transported via Suffolk County Police helicopter to Stony Brook University Hospital.  He was listed in critical condition with a very serious head injury. Officer Guerrero is being monitored in the hospital’s Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit.  Officer Lugo was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital where he was treated and released.

The investigation is continuing.  Further details will be forthcoming.

Case Number: MK/1955

UPDATE: Suffolk County Police Department arrested two suspects yesterday following an incident in which a police officer was critically injured in Huntington.

· Grand Larceny 3rd Degree for stealing a 2014 Ford Explorer from the Commack area on September 20, 2014. This was the vehicle that Morizsan was driving when he struck and injured Officer Guerrero. · Assault on a Police Officer for striking Officer Guerrero, causing him serious physical injury · Leaving the Scene of an Incident that Resulted in Serious Physical Injury for fleeing the scene of the crash that seriously injured Officer Guerrero · Petit Larceny for stealing gas from a local gas station soon after fleeing the scene of the assault on Officer Guerrero · Leaving the Scene of an Incident Involving Property Damage. Morizsan collided with another vehicle as he attempted to flee from the gas station where he had stolen the gas. · Robbery 2nd Degree for the carjacking of a 2005 Toyota Camry from a Commack resident during his escape · Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle for carjacking the Toyota Camry · Morizsan was also arrested on three open warrants for Violation of Probation and Petit Larceny

In addition, a passenger in Morizsan’s vehicle has been arrested in this incident. Nicholas Franzone, 22, of 1 Ridings Gate, Northport, has been charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle for his role in the carjacking incident.

These incidents and related events are being actively investigated by the Suffolk County Police Department and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. It is anticipated that further charges will be forthcoming.

Morizsan and Franzone are being held overnight at the Second Precinct and are scheduled to be arraigned today at First District Court in Central Islip.


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