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Man accused in cop's killing faces 3 murder counts

Suspect Darrell Fuller, accused of killing Officer Arthur

Suspect Darrell Fuller, accused of killing Officer Arthur Lopez and motorist Raymond Facey, leaves Nassau police headquarters in Mineola for his arraignment. (Oct. 25, 2012) Credit: Howard Schnapp

A Queens man accused of fatally shooting a Nassau County police officer and a Brooklyn man two weeks ago has been indicted by a grand jury on three counts of first-degree murder, each of which carries a possible prison sentence of life without parole.

Darrell Fuller, 33, previously faced two counts of first-degree murder, one on charges that he intentionally killed Officer Arthur Lopez, and one on charges that he killed Raymond Facey, 58, of Brooklyn, while stealing Facey's car.

The grand jury indictment, which was filed late Monday, also includes a third count of first-degree murder under the legal theory that Fuller killed more than one person in the course of one criminal act.

Besides those charges, the indictment includes a count of second-degree murder in Facey's death, two counts of robbery related to the theft of Facey's car, and one count of criminal possession of a weapon.

Fuller, an ex-convict who was on parole when he was arrested, is expected to be arraigned on the charges Nov. 19 before Nassau County Court Judge Jerald Carter.

Fuller's attorney could not be reached yesterday to comment.

Prosecutors have said that Fuller, who had been in a vehicle accident, shot Lopez Oct. 23 as the officer approached his car near the corner of 241st Street and Jamaica Avenue on the Nassau/Queens border. Minutes later, prosecutors said, Fuller shot Facey and stole his car near the Cross Island Parkway.

Fuller then "staged his own shooting" in a failed attempt to make himself look like an "innocent victim," prosecutors said. Investigators believe he may have had an accomplice inflict those superficial wounds after the alleged crime spree. Gerald Williams, 27, of Kew Gardens, was arrested by NYPD and Nassau County police and charged Wednesday with criminal possession of a weapon.

Lopez's killing was the fourth line-of-duty death suffered by Nassau police in the past 20 months. It came just a day after a funeral was held for Joseph Olivieri, a Nassau highway patrolman struck by a sport utility vehicle last week while at an accident scene on the Long Island Expressway.

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