Cop released from hospital; one suspect 'feels terrible' about shooting
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An attorney for one of the suspects in the North New Hyde Park home invasion that resulted in the shooting of a Nassau police officer said Monday his client "feels terrible" about what happened.
Officer Mohit Arora, the six-year veteran who police say was shot by the other suspect, left the hospital over the weekend, police union officials said.
Steven Losquadro, a Rocky Point-based attorney representing Renhang Qiu, 22, of Brooklyn, appeared Monday in District Court in Mineola with his client. He declined to comment further, saying: "It wouldn't be appropriate to go into the details."
"My client has expressed his great remorse and feels terrible about what happened to the officer," Losquadro said.
Fred Pollack, a Mineola-based attorney assigned to represent the alleged shooter, Cong Xu, 21, also of Brooklyn, said he has not yet spoken with Xu, who speaks only Mandarin and will need an interpreter.
A spokesman for the Nassau district attorney's office said the court appearances for both suspects, who have been held without bond since the Aug. 14 shooting, were adjourned.
Xu is due in court Sept. 9, Qiu Sept. 5, the spokesman said.
Arora, 32, was responding to a 911 call about 2 a.m. last Wednesday when he encountered Xu, who allegedly fired several shots with a 9-mm gun. The officer, shot once in the stomach, was released from the hospital over the weekend, said James Carver, president of the Police Benevolent Association, who visited him Saturday while he was still in the hospital.
"He's resting," Carver said. "He's very uncomfortable."
Reached by phone, Arora's mother and cousin declined to comment.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misspelled the name of suspect Renhang Qiu.