A Suffolk County police officer shot and killed a 27-year-old man who allegedly ran from a traffic stop before pulling out a handgun in Bay Shore shortly after midnight Friday, authorities said.

Andres Morales of Bay Shore was a front-seat passenger in a vehicle that two officers stopped for traffic violations on Howells Road when Morales fled on foot and one of the officers gave chase, police said.

“There was a confrontation between Morales and the officer and Morales displayed a handgun,” police said in a news release.

That’s when police said the officer, whose name was not released, fired two rounds, striking Morales twice in the abdomen. Morales was pronounced dead at the scene.

Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigating and ask anyone with information about this incident to call them at 631-852-6392 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

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