An ex-con wanted by authorities after absconding from parole was shot by police Saturday after he allegedly tried to run down officers with a stolen car when the cops tried to question him, Nassau County police said.Levaughn Tingle, 25, of Baldwin, was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries after being shot by police. Police said an officer fired “several rounds” at Tingle, but did not say how many were fired or how many bullets struck Tingle. His condition was not known Sunday.
Officers from Nassau’s Third Precinct received a call at 4:19 p.m. for a report of a suspicious vehicle in front of a home at 722 Clinton Street in Westbury. As the officers approached the car, Tingle allegedly tried to flee the scene – first by striking a parked car and then allegedly driving the vehicle toward the officers, police said. The cops dove for cover “to avoid being crushed between the house and vehicle,” and Tingle tried to run them down again, detectives said in a news release about the incident. That’s when one of the cops shot Tingle. Police said the car he was driving was reported stolen. None of the officers involved were identified by police. Officials said they were not physically hurt in the incident, but three officers were taken to a local hospital for trauma.
Tingle had been on parole for felony burglary and had an active arrest warrant after disappearing from his parole supervision. Records show he was released from the Riverview Correctional Facility, a medium-security prison in upstate St. Lawrence County, in April. It was unclear when the parole warrant was issued. A spokeswoman for the state’s Department of Correction and Community Supervision, which oversees parole, could not be reached Sunday.
Police said Tingle has prior convictions for second-degree attempted burglary, criminal possession of stolen property, petit larceny and felony burglary. He has not yet been charged in Saturday’s incident. Police said the investigation was ongoing.