Nassau County police released this photo of a gun they said a teen pointed at a Hempstead village police officer who shot the teen.
Nassau County police released this photo of a gun they said a teen pointed at a Hempstead village police officer who shot the teen.

A Hempstead village police officer shot and wounded a teenager who allegedly refused to drop a handgun during a pursuit before the teen was arrested on drug and weapons charges, authorities said.

Jarette Anderson allegedly ran away when undercover police officers walked up to question the 19-year-old on Martin Luther King Drive near his Hempstead home at 11:19 p.m. Sunday, police said.

“After a brief foot pursuit and observing Anderson reaching for his waistband, the officer apprehended the subject and observed a gun in the defendant’s hand,” Nassau County police said in a news release. “After verbal commands to drop the gun, Anderson turned and forced the officer to fire one round with his service weapon.”

The officer shot Anderson in the neck and arm. The teen was taken to a local hospital, where he is listed in stable condition while being treated for his injuries.

Police said Anderson was armed with a loaded Hi Point 9mm handgun and a silver Arms Company .22 caliber revolver. He was also allegedly in possession of crack cocaine.

Anderson was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a weapon, menacing a police officer and resisting arrest.

He will arraigned at a later date.

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