An alleged drug dealer who a Nassau County police officer shot for allegedly driving into the cop has been identified as a 22-year-old Oyster Bay man, authorities said.

Officers stopped a vehicle driven by Leo Duchnowski on Horse Hollow Road but when the officer approached, the suspect tried to flee and hit the officer shortly after 10 p.m. Monday, police said.

The officer, who was knocked to the ground with a knee injury, fired his gun at the driver as Duchnowski, who was struck by the gunfire, put the vehicle in reverse, police said.

Both the officer and the suspect were taken to local hospitals for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Duchnowski was charged with assault, reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal sale of a controlled substance.

He will be arraigned at a later date.



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