UPDATE: Nassau Cop Shot at East Meadow Plaza

The officer's injuries are non-life threatening; suspect, an East Meadow resident, was killed by a second officer, police said.

Update (6:30 p.m.): Police have identified the deceased suspect as 41-year-old Dwayne Oxley of East Meadow.

According to Nassau County detectives, a First Precinct police officer observed Oxley acting suspiciously in an Isuzu SUV in the parking lot of the East Meadow Plaza. The officer confronted and detained Oxley outside of his vehicle.

As a second officer responded to assist, Oxley ran back to his vehicle and locked himself inside, police said. A struggle to remove Oxley from his vehicle turned into a violent confrontation for the officer’s weapon.

According to police, during this violent struggle, the officer fought to retain his weapon as Oxley attempted to wrestle it away. The weapon discharged several times, striking the officer one time in the left leg.

The second officer rushed to his partner’s aide, saw an opportunity to stop the struggle and fired his weapon, striking Oxley in the upper torso multiple times, police said.

The Homicide Squad along with the Medical Examiners Office is continuing the investigation.

Original Story

A Nassau County police officer was shot at 5:15 a.m. Friday near Hempstead Turnpike in the East Meadow Shopping Plaza, according to a report from ABC 7.

The officer was taken to for treatment with a gunshot wound to the left leg, police said.

"The injuries are not life-threatening," a Nassau County Public Information Officer told Patch.

According to Det. Lt. Kevin Smith, there was a physical altercation between a male, described to be white and in his 40s, and a First Precinct officer after the cop approached the man's vehicle. During the struggle, several rounds were fired, Smith said, and one struck the officer in the left femur.

“I can absolutely say that there was a violent struggle over the gun," Smith said. "There were several shell casings on the ground.”

Another First Precinct officer fatally shot the suspect in the torso, Smith added. He was taken to NUMC as well for observation, although he wasn't injured in the incident.

Police are waiting for a search warrant to search the man's vehicle, although it doesn't appear that anything unusual is in his car, according to police.

"The investigation is ongoing," police said.

This is a breaking news story, and Patch will provide more information as it's made available.

Jon L. December 31, 2011 at 02:23 AM
Doug uses foul language and my post gets deleted? Paul and I are agreeing on something again and that should turn some heads. "If you see something, say something" End of story. That being said I don't think that Mr. Alderman and the Civilian Patrol could have done much about this problem, crazy is crazy no mater where you live. Clearly this was a man who was not well. To take on an officer knowing another one is right there to shoot you dead is just crazy (or someone on PCP). Either way I'm glad that the Trauma Surgeons did their job an patched up the officer
paul December 31, 2011 at 02:44 AM
Joining a Civilian Patrol in not an answer. All residents just need to be responsible and vigilant to all that is happening around them and not be in a bubble and say that it is someone else's problem or that someone else will call the police. So in essence we are all part of a community neighborhood block watch program. No need for a special entity that thinks they are better at watching a neighborhood. Some just want a title to add to a resume,,,,,, Concerned residents can and should go to community / police meetings and be heard first hand about their concerns etc... Call your local precinct and find out when and where they meet. They will love your participation. No need for a third party...
paul December 31, 2011 at 04:09 AM
Sounds like you live on a mountaintop with no sign of reality. That is your choice. Not really the way to live but your choice nonetheless. Eventually you will have a negative occurrence happen no matter where you live or go. It is just a reality. I hope not, but just a reality of life. Those who know me know that I certainly do not have a love for Long Island. It has to do with too many living in their little bubbles. I am a Brooklyn boy through and through and still spend many a days and nights as possible their. You can take the Boy out of Brooklyn but can not take Brooklyn out of the Boy......
Michael Ganci (Editor) December 31, 2011 at 07:56 AM
Please stay respectful folks. Nasty comments will be deleted.
Jon L. December 31, 2011 at 02:46 PM
And now the Second news cycle starts, we find out that Perpetrator Oxley was not some model citizen but a two time dirt bag on parole for a robbery. Nor is he really from East Meadow, he is a transient calling Island Park his home and saying he is originally from Rosedale (according to his Facebook profile) According the the news shared by Det Lt. Smith he was shot while trying to take possession of an officer's firearm shooting him in the process and fracturing his femur. So much for "East Ghetto" etal. Transient dirt bags are every where, I'm going to guess that when the toxicology comes back on the perp, he will be positive for both drugs and alcohol, probably a violation of his parole and thus what lead him to do something so crazy. I applaud the officers of the 1st for doing a job efficiently and protecting our community from dirt bags like Perpetrator Oxley. I hope that all of his friends on facebook find out the "truth" about our dirt bag. Savages! Go ahead and delete this one Mr. Hogan
TG December 31, 2011 at 04:53 PM
Not only is it a great place to live , Doug, but its a nice place to visit too, cause you're the one visiting and spending your holidays here.....You're the kind of person that has to put everything and everyone around you down, to feel good about yourself and all your "things". I'm just happy not to have a family member that trashes my neighborhood after he eats and drinks in my house. Says alot about how welcome and invited the family really is to your little neck of the woods with all the greener grass. East Meadow and ALL of Long Island is a better place without you!
Joseph Brown December 31, 2011 at 05:56 PM
I still love East Meadow!!! East Meadow Joe Brown
Bob December 31, 2011 at 06:46 PM
Call the cops? Your not bothering them? You people probably have never had to deal with the NCPD. Everything is a bother. I tell you what the jail population is way down. It's one of three things crime is down, cops aren't arresting or judges are setting them free. Your choice, I believe it all has to do with saving a buck on the backs of the politicians. Crime is everywhere, can happen at anytime. Prevention deters but convictions when caught sends a message.
Bob December 31, 2011 at 06:59 PM
Btw 3 or years ago a car spend past my house in N. Bellmore. 4 kids in the car. I happen to look over the fence and see 2 blacks ( male/ female) 1 white kid walking the girl and one of the males was crying with my neighbor following them I came out of the yard and asked ". WHAT HAPPENED?". They claimed the other kid tried to rob them ( 4th kid, btw Hispanic). We proceded to go back around the block. Hispanic kid is bleeding all the windows in the car smashed out. Cops arrived finally. Two of the kids got arrested. Cops tell me they've dealt with them before. One kid sells drugs at Prospect park. The kids were from East Meadow, Bellmore and West Hempstead. The two arrested spent about 4the days in jail. Go figure.
Jenn December 31, 2011 at 08:19 PM
I am a bit confused. On the aerial view, the police are shown (the 2 originals) "boxing in" a red minivan - yet the perp is supposedly in the silver Isuzu. The position they took isn't quite right if they were after someone in the silver car. Which brings me to another question - who was in the red minivan, why have we not heard about them? The vehicle was part of the crime scene, it had a numbered marker on it (#2) as part of the scene - it wasn't just parked in the lot, it was haphazardly on a diagonal not even close to being parked - so I can't imagine it just happened to be there in the lot. Why has no one questioned this or reported on it.
A. Nonymous December 31, 2011 at 08:19 PM
It is tragic that an officer is shot and a man is dead. The thing that has me stumped is what "suspicious activity" was the deceased suspect doing when the cops approached his parked car. It's not like the car was weaving on the road, or making noises. I am in no way defending the suspects actions after he was approached. I just want to know why the heck he was approached in the first place. I never knew sitting in a parked car in a parking lot was a suspicious activity. Unfortunately, we will never hear his side of the story.
paul December 31, 2011 at 08:52 PM
To A Nonymous: FYI A vehicle parked or not, at a certain hour in a parking lot is suspicious when no stores are open and stands out like a sore thumb.
paul December 31, 2011 at 09:23 PM
To Bob: Call the cops? Your not bothering them? It is very doubtful they said to you that you are bothering them. You may have perceived that, and your statement is incorrect... You have perceived incorrectly my good man...
A. Nonymous December 31, 2011 at 10:00 PM
Paul, I beg to differ. I do not think that constitutes suspicious activity in the eyes of the law. I am an early riser. That could have easily been me sitting there, drinking coffee and playing on my phone. This just does not pass the smell test. Need more info,
paul December 31, 2011 at 10:10 PM
Oh, it most certainly does....... As well as many other types of scenarios that you would not understand... Yes, and if the police walked over to your vehicle I am sure you would have acted rationally and responsible. Unless you are also a thug on probation and afraid of the police????
my2cents January 01, 2012 at 04:00 AM
This is so shady!!! Unfortunately we will never never hear Dwayne's side of the story due to the fact that the patrol officer on duty most likely when ran his name to central harassed him due to previous arrest record got nervous called for support....Mr. Oxley who was probably going to work since he is a truck driver and i know they do get up early in the morning, i believe as reports state they were break in's in vehicles in that parking lot during the day. but you know what, there were no cars in the lot at the time. Just a scared cop who paniked with a sig suar pistol that i believe shot HIMSELF in the femur while drawing his weapon. was it necessary to shoot a human multiple times in the stomach. Dont believe 100% of this story. so much is questionable. I wonder if the police office was left handed? If he was african american you know Sharpton would be ALL over this!!!
paul January 01, 2012 at 04:32 AM
To my2cents: Shady? No Dwayne's side was heard the morning of the incident. Doubt he was harassed. You obviously know something by your terminology using "central". Mr. Oxley chose to be in an empty parking lot at that hour. Vehicle was way into the center of the lot and not just off the roadway. Truck drivers drive all hours not necessarily early morning. Break-ins at that hour were probably not an issue. No, not a scared cop a cop that used tactics.... Doubtful the officer shot himself, scuffle between the two ensued after Oxley got agitated... When an officer is in a particular situation there are mere seconds to think about safety. If an officer needs to use his weapon so be it. If the victim dies as a result so be it...... That is Gods will..... By your last few words I know your type and where you are coming from....... Next time think before you write a one way thoughts...
Jon L. January 01, 2012 at 07:06 AM
He was not in his parked car when the incident started. He was walking around the parking lot in a confused manner. This was not a run of the mill interaction, he was clearly unwell. Oxley's side of the story was heard, sadly he was mentally unstable and perhaps under the influence of controled substances and alcohol. As the next few days (probally weeks after thie more recent mess in Seaford is sorted out) unfold here his mental illness will come to light and many who have accused the officers of a cover up or shooting at the suspect will choke on your words. I feel terrible for these two officers who were placed in this position on Friday morning by a man who was so unwell he had no other way out.
Andrea Smitty Loguidice January 01, 2012 at 07:37 AM
I must say that I am disgusted with this website. A man has died and people who do not know the facts are passing judgement on the matter and being disrespectful to the decedents family and friends. You should all be ashamed of yourselves! Obviously any citizen of this country does not want a police officer to be injured in the line of duty BUT I would hope that we also don't want an innocent man to die. This man was a family man engaged with a child, a hard worker in the local 282 union and a friend to many. So unlike your comments, he was not a weird or bad guy and I am requesting that this website take down the disrespectful comments immediately. I have known Dwayne for many years both personally and professionally. Although all of the facts are not known at this time, it appears that this may be a case of police brutality, excessive force and wrongful death. If you agree that Dwayne (a son, a father, a fiance, a friend) may have lost his life as a result of inappropriate police conduct please contact the Nassau County Homicide Squad: 516-573-7788, Nassau County Internal Affairs: 516-573-7120, Nassau County District Attorney’s Office, Special Investigations: 516-571-2100, and the NYS Attorney General, Civil Rights Division: 1-800-771-7755.
sv January 01, 2012 at 07:44 AM
he was shot for nothing. you can die from "suspicion" now. Wonderful.
Jon L. January 01, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Good luck getting it taken down Ms. Loguidice! This was not a case of brutality and the tapes from the cameras outside Zachary's and Aura will prove such. And when you call all of those people be sure to ask about the note. Again, when this wraps up people are going to eat words and be shocked at the outcome, this was not a run of the mill interaction and it ended in tragedy for all involved.
paul January 01, 2012 at 03:29 PM
To Andrea and SV: Dwayne's side was heard the morning of the incident. Mr. Oxley chose to be in an empty parking lot at that hour. When an officer is in a particular situation there are mere seconds to think about safety. If an officer needs to use his weapon so be it. If the victim dies as a result so be it...... That is Gods will.....
paul January 01, 2012 at 03:32 PM
To Andrea: Police brutality etc..??????????? Unfortunately you are way off base. You can not guess it is a case of such. You need to have been there...... The security camera in the area will speak for itself. You can not ask people to call and make a complaint because you know someone..
paul January 01, 2012 at 03:34 PM
To SV: You need a reality check. Please find one.
Jon L. January 01, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Paul, it's even worse than you described it. Mr. Oxley was not a well man. In spite of his record, which the officers had no idea about before the interaction (trust me on this, I have heard the radio tapes already). There are a few pieces of the puzzle missing from what is in play with respect to the media because of the holiday and the other incident in Seaford, but after the county attorney reviews it and the clears Kathleen Rice's desk the facts will shock you about Mr. Oxley's intentions on Friday morning.
missy January 02, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Do tell... what were his Intentions?? I am a personal friend of Dwayne. Troubled man yes, deserved to be shot no way. Poor police training.
Strug Lynn January 02, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Expecting any kind of rational or polite interaction from the majority of people on this board is an exercise in futility. Facts are completely unnecessary to them. They prefer to make broad assumptions. Pray to God you never see any of them on a jury. I also expect the truth will never come to light since the only people left to tell the tale will never say they did something wrong and the other person cannot defend himself. I doubt those video tapes if they even exist will ever be made public.
missy January 02, 2012 at 12:36 AM
I think you are all way out of line. Two police men and one unarmed man??? Yes he was having a bit of issues but to be taken away from his son the way he was??? No something is not right and I hope the truth comes out.
missy January 02, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Yes i agree because the police men were poorly trained, apparently afraid of their own shadow. One cop changed his story twice and someone will cover it up for them. My brother is a cop as well yet a det. and he also agrees it does not smell right.
Michael Ganci (Editor) January 02, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Thank you for the comments folks, but we are closing this discussion. Thanks for reading. Michael Ganci Editor


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