Nassau County police officers shot and wounded a man who allegedly pointed a handgun at officers responding to a call of a suspicious man in Albertson on Wednesday morning, authorities said.

Third Precinct officers responded to Netz Place after a 911 caller reported a man with a gun near the corner of Willis Avenue and upon arrival, the officers found the man walking down the block with a handgun, according to a police spokesman.

The officers ordered the suspect to drop the handgun, but he instead raised it toward the officers, the spokesman said.

That’s when the officers opened fire, hitting the suspect three times. He was taken to Winthrop University Hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds to the right leg, left thigh and right hand.

The case is the second time in five weeks that Nassau County police have opened fire on a suspect armed with a handgun. Officers shot and killed 30-year-old Dalton Smith, who police have said was committing a home invasion near Hofstra University on May 17.

Andrea Rebello, a 21-year-old Westchester woman and Hofstra student that police said Smith had in a headlock and was threatening to kill at the time, was also accidentally shot by the same police officer.

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The investigation is continuing into both the Albertson and Hofstra shootings.



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