Hempstead Man Convicted of Murdering Wife

A Hempstead man was convicted Tuesday of killing his wife, who had a restraining order against him, before shooting at police officers who shot back, wounding him two years ago.

A Nassau County jury found Leonard Reed, 42, guilty of second-degree murder, first-degree attempted murder of a police officer, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal contempt of court for violating the stay-away order.

Authorities have said that Reed fatally shot and stabbed his 42-year-old estranged wife, Diane Parker-Reed, in the kitchen of their Roosevelt Street home on Feb. 7, 2013.

When Hempstead village police officers responded to a report of a domestic dispute at the residence, Reed shot at them and the officers returned fire, hitting him, police said at the time.

Judge Alan Honoroff is scheduled to sentence Reed on April 22.

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