Thursday, July 12, 2007

A man wanted in the shooting of two police officers has been captured in rural Pennsylvania

Tom Hays:

Suspect Lee Woods appears in Brooklyn Criminal Court in New York for arraignment on attempted murder, assault of a police officer, weapon possession and other counts, Wednesday, July 11, 2007. Two New York police officers were wounded, one critically, when occupants of the vehicle Woods is accused of driving opened fire on them during a traffic stop in the early morning hours of Monday, July 10.

Dexter Bostic, top, and Robert Ellis, in photographs released by the police.

Responding to a 911 call, state troopers chased and tackled a "winded" Dexter Bostic along a remote section of Interstate 80, New York Police Department Commissioner Raymond Kelly said at a news conference. The other man, Robert J. Ellis, outran the troopers and disappeared into a wide, wooded median as night fell, police said.

Bostic and Ellis, both 34, had been the subjects of an intense manhunt since disappearing Monday after a shooting that left one officer near death.

The critically injured officer, Russel Timoshenko, 23, is paralyzed, has brain swelling and cannot breathe on his own, Assistant District Attorney Anna-Siegga Nicolazzi said at a court appearance on Wednesday for a third suspect, held in a courtroom packed with police officers.

The defendant, Lee Woods, was ordered held without bail on charges of attempted murder, assault of a police officer, weapon possession and other counts.

The court complaint described Woods, 29, as the driver of the SUV but not a shooter.

"There's nothing here to suggest that he shared the intent to harm these police officers," said his attorney, Patrick Michael Magaro.

The other wounded officer, Herman Yan, saved by his bullet-resistant vest, was released from the hospital Tuesday.

The officers were shot Monday in Brooklyn after they stopped a BMW sport utility vehicle. The license plates and the BMW had been stolen, police said.

As the uniformed officers approached from either side of the SUV, investigators said, two of the occupants simultaneously opened fire without warning, hitting Timoshenko first.

Bostic was held at a police barracks in Swiftwater, Pa. It was unclear whether he had a lawyer or when he would be returned to New York.

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