NY ex-con charged with murder in officer's killing

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This undated image provided Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012 by the Nassau County Police shows Officer Arthur Lopez. A motorist fleeing a possible hit-and-run traffic accident fatally shot Lopez in broad daylight Tuesday near the Belmont racetrack and then apparently killed another driver not far away during a carjacking, authorities said. The suspect was identified as 33-year-old Darrell Fuller, who was on parole after serving time for attempted murder, authorities said. (AP Photo/Nassau County Police)

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — An ex-convict suspected of gunning down a New York police officer and then fatally shooting a carjacking victim is charged with first-degree murder.

Police officers packed the courtroom for Darrell Fuller's appearance Thursday in Hempstead (HEHM'-stehd) on Long Island.

Authorities say the Queens man had been hospitalized until Wednesday for self-inflicted gunshot wounds.

Fuller is accused of killing a policeman who suspected he had been involved in a hit-and-run car accident on Tuesday.

Authorities allege Fuller then fled that shooting and killed the second victim while stealing his vehicle.

The name of Fuller's attorney was not immediately known.

Fuller served four years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted murder in 2005.

A funeral for Nassau County Officer Arthur Lopez is planned for Saturday.