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Police: Parolee shot by Hempstead Village cop arrested

A parolee who fled after being wounded when he was shot in the leg by a Hempstead Village police officer during a traffic stop earlier in the week was arrested Friday, police said.

John Green, 27, of Harvard Street, Hempstead, was arraigned Friday in First District Court in Hempstead on charges of unlawful fleeing, leaving the scene of an accident, and a parole violation, Nassau County police said.

He was released on an appearance ticket returnable on June 1, police said.

Police said that nevertheless, Green was being held on the parole violation as result of a signed warrant from the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

The incident for which Green was being sought occurred on Harvard Street at 1:34 a.m. Monday, police said.

Police said that during a traffic stop a Hempstead police officer “discharged his service weapon” — and the suspect, now identified as Green, fled the scene. The vehicle police said Green was driving was later located, unoccupied, on Princeton Street.

Earlier this week Nassau police spokesman Det. Lt. Richard LeBrun said the circumstances of the incident were being investigated by Third Squad detectives, and he declined to provide additional details — including the number of shots fired or potential injuries.

On Friday, a police spokesman said Green had been “wounded when he was shot in the leg” during the incident.

Hempstead Village police and officials have not commented on the shooting. Nassau police have declined to comment further.

Police have only defined the situation as an “unusual incident” and have not detailed circumstances of the initial stop — or why the officer may have fired a weapon.

The officer’s identity has not been released.

Police said detectives, knowing that Green had been wounded in the incident, had been conducting surveillance of area hospitals for several days — waiting to see if he arrived for treatment. Instead, police said, Green surrendered following a meeting with his parole officer — turning himself in. It was not immediately clear whether Green was represented by counsel.

With Ellen Yan

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