Locust Valley (WALK) - The Oyster Bay man who was shot in a confrontation with police late Monday night is still in the hospital, but he's already charged with assault, reckless endangerment and a slew of drug charges.
Police say the trouble began when Leo Duchnowski, 22, tried to flee from a traffic stop on Horse Hollow Road, right on the Locust Valley-Lattingtown border, near Locust Valley High School. Although Duchnowski did pull over his vehicle initially, he allegedly started to move his car as an officer approached and hit the cop, injuring his knee.
As the officer lay on the ground, Duchnowski allegedly put the car in reverse and started to back up in the officer's direction. That when the cop pulled his service weapon and fired three times, hitting the suspect, police say.
Duchnowski has a history of drug convictions, according to police. Investigators say they believe he's a drug dealer.
The officer who was hurt was taken to the hospital and was then released, after being treated for a knee injury.