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Roosevelt man charged with attempted murder of a police officer after gunfire exchange at gas station, cops say

Christopher Anderson, 25, of Roosevelt, was charged on

Christopher Anderson, 25, of Roosevelt, was charged on Thursday with attempted murder after he allegedly exchanged gunfire with Hempstead police in Roosevelt on Tuesday night. Credit: Newsday / Raychel Brightman

A Roosevelt man has been charged with attempted murder of a police officer after he exchanged gunfire with four Hempstead officers in Roosevelt Tuesday night, authorities said.

He was identified by police Thursday as Christopher Anderson, 25, according to a news release.

Nassau County police Hempstead police, responding to a 911 call, had tried to stop a vehicle at a Valero gas station at Greenwich Street and Jerusalem Avenue in Hempstead around 8 p.m.

The driver crashed the vehicle into a car at the station, then fled, stopping about two minutes later in a driveway on Pennywood Avenue

"The two occupants exited the vehicle and opened fire on the four police officers, who returned fire," said Det. Lt. Stephen Fitzpatrick, commanding officer of the Nassau Homicide Squad in a Thursday news briefing.

The two men fled but Anderson was located and arrested Wednesday night, and charged with four counts of attempted murder of a police officer and weapons charges, Fitzpatrick said. Anderson had been on parole and was released from state prison in July after serving four a half years for an armed robbery, he said.

He was remanded to the Nassau jail at his arraignment in Nassau District Court.

He was represented by Legal Aid.

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