Suspect Shot, Officer Breaks Hand During Wild Police Chase On Long Island

Sophia Hall
October 09, 2019 - 4:10 pm
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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — A man was shot and wounded by police following a wild chase in which he allegedly tried to run over an officer with his vehicle, authorities said Wednesday.

The incident began on Tuesday when Hempstead police attempted to pull over a white BMW on Sycamore Avenue, but the driver took off.

Nassau County police said the driver fled onto the Southern State Parkway and headed west before exiting onto Corona Avenue. The driver turned onto Blakeman Drive and reportedly struck multiple vehicles while fleeing.

“The white BMW tried to manipulate its way through traffic and tried to squeeze between three sets of vehicles, it crashed into these vehicles, getting wedged,” said Nassau County Police Lt. Stephen Fitzpatrick.

Then, the driver started to reverse his vehicle in the direction of officers that were beginning to approach the car, Fitzpatrick added.

“The office discharged his weapon one time, that round struck the driver in the right, upper shoulder area,” Fitzpatrick said.

The driver, identified as 34-year-old Kashawn Watts-Bryant, then is accused of driving off again and crashing into a street sign on Primrose Place in Valley Stream.

According to authorities, Watts-Bryant and another passenger fled on foot from there and were captured hiding in the backyard of a residence in the area.

Police say Watts-Bryant had 300 pills of oxycodone on his person. He was taken to the hospital in police custody to be treated for his injury.  

During his arrest, police say Watts-Bryant struggled and caused an officer to break his hand. That officer was also transported to the hospital for treatment.

Watts-Bryant is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree and second-degree assault. He will be arraigned when medically practical.