A Nassau County police officer fired a gunshot at a fleeing suspect in Massapequa in an investigation that led authorities to surround the house in which they mistakenly believed he hid.

The officer responded to report of a suspicious person possibly breaking into a house or vehicle on Unqua Road ordered the fleeing suspect to stop and lie on the ground when the suspect refused and reached for his waistband at 4:14 a.m. Friday, police said.

“The officer, fearing for his safety, discharged one round from his service weapon, missing the subject, who then fled the scene on foot,” police said in a news release.

Canine Unit, Aviation Bureau, Bureau of Special Operations and Emergency Services Unit officers searched the area until shortly before 8 a.m., when they responded to a call of a suspicious person fitting the description on Carmen Mill Road, police said.

The suspect entered a residence on East Hamilton Avenue and refused to exit until the Hostage Negotiation Team responded and determined the man was not the suspect they were looking for.

Police are continuing the investigation.


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Timothy Bolger is the Managing Editor for the Long Island Press who’s been working to uncover unreported stories since shortly after it launched in 2003. When he’s not editing, getting hassled by The Man or fielding cold calls to the newsroom, he covers crime, general interest and political news in addition to reporting longer, sometimes investigative features. He won’t be happy until everyone is as pissed off as he is about how screwed up Lawn Guyland is.