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Suspect held in alleged attempted murder of police officers

Dashawn Combs, who police say tried to mow

Dashawn Combs, who police say tried to mow down two Nassau police officers with his car in Massapequa, leaves Nassau County Police headquarters in Mineola for arraignment on Feb. 1, 2014. Credit: Howard Schnapp

A suspected crack and heroin dealer, accused of trying to mow down two Nassau police officers with his car in Massapequa, was ordered held on high bail Saturday.

Neither officer was injured in the incident, which police said occurred on Thursday night as they tried to stop the man, Dashawn Combs, 26, of Massapequa, after a drug sale.

Although he escaped that night, police said they arrested Combs without incident on Friday, shortly after 9 p.m. on Quail Run in the South Shore hamlet. Authorities said they also arrested Shantel Jackson, 26, who lives with Combs in an apartment on Margaretta Avenue.

First District Court Judge Michael Ciaffa in Hempstead set Combs' bail Saturday at $1.5 million bond or $750,000 cash.

Combs' lawyer, Matthew Rosenblum of Commack, said the driver -- he did not acknowledge it was Combs -- may have panicked.

"If somebody's trying to kill somebody, you don't just tap the bumper and go on, it doesn't show an intent," Rosenblum said, adding that "whoever drove the car wound up putting it in reverse and taking off. That's not attempted murder, that's panic."

Combs was charged with second-degree attempted murder and criminal sale of a controlled substance.

Jackson was also charged with several counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance. Her bail was set at $2,000 bond or $1,000 cash.

Police initially confronted Combs on Thursday, shortly before 9 p.m., when he was found selling drugs, authorities said.

Two officers with their police shields displayed approached Combs' 2012 Honda Accord and identified themselves as police, but Combs shifted the car into reverse and tried to run them over, police said.

The officers avoided the vehicle and fired their weapons at the moving car, police said. No injuries were reported from the gunfire, and Combs fled eastbound on Francine Avenue, police said.

The officers were taken to a hospital, apparently as a precaution, and released.

On Friday, detectives executed a search warrant on Combs' apartment and said they found 20 grams of heroin and 10 grams of crack.

Combs' record includes convictions and prison terms for attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, resisting arrest and reckless driving.

With Ted Phillips


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