A Huntington Station man has been arrested for allegedly shooting and wounding a Suffolk County police Gang Unit officer in Huntington Station late Wednesday night, authorities said.

The alleged gunman, 22-year-old Sheldon Leftenant, pleaded not guilty to attempted aggravated murder and resisting arrest during his arraignment at First District Court in Central Islip on Thursday.

Officer Mark Collins was driving an unmarked police car was he pulled over a vehicle on Mercer Court, when Leftenant allegedly shot him twice shortly before midnight Thursday, authorities said.

Leftenant was apprehended an hour later.

The officer, who was shot once in the neck and once in the hip, was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he is listed in serious but stable condition. He was reportedly placed in medically induced coma.

Detectives are continuing the investigation.

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