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Uniondale man fires gun at police officers while fleeing from traffic stop, cops say

Duane Costa, 37, of Uniondale, has been charged

Duane Costa, 37, of Uniondale, has been charged with attempted murder after firing shots at police officers after he fled from a traffic stop, police say.   Credit: NCPD

A Uniondale man was arrested and charged with attempted murder Sunday after allegedly firing several rounds from a gun at police while fleeing from a vehicle stop in Hempstead, Nassau County police said.

Duane Costa, 37, was arrested at 12:45 a.m. and charged with four counts of first-degree attempted murder, four counts of attempted aggravated assault, two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, first-degree criminal use of a firearm and a VTL violation, according to a news release.

Officers in plainclothes from the department’s Bureau of Special Operations saw a black 2015 Nissan Altima fail to signal when turning left onto Lafayette Avenue. They initiated a traffic stop.

During the stop, Costa, a passenger, was seen adjusting a large object in his waistband, police said. He was removed from the vehicle and, while exiting, violently shoved an officer, then fled east on Midwood Street, police said.

Costa allegedly was observed reaching into his waistband and dropping a silver and black handgun as he fled.

He then reached into his waistband and removed a second handgun, police said. Costa refused all commands to drop the gun and fired multiple rounds at the officers while they continued running east, police said.

He then fled south on Clinton Street where more officers joined in the foot pursuit, and Costa again fired at the officers, police said.

Nassau police, with the assistance of the Hempstead police department, set up a perimeter and Costa was found on Meriam Street. He was taken into custody, both handguns were recovered and no officers were injured, police said.

Costa will be arraigned Monday at First District Court in Hempstead.

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