Accused gunman fired at NY officer in fear of TASER

Darrell Fuller said he fatally shot Officer Arthur Lopez as the cop approached him during a traffic stop Tuesday

Larry Celona and Georgett Roberts
The New York Post

NEW YORK — The thug who went on a deadly rampage in Queens opened fire on a Nassau cop because he was scared he'd be Tased, law-enforcement sources told The Post.

Darrell Fuller, 33, told a pal he fatally shot Officer Arthur Lopez as the cop approached him during a traffic stop Tuesday with a drawn stun gun, one source said.

"I killed somebody," Fuller later told his buddy, Gerald Williams, 27, the source said.

"You killed a cop," Williams replied. "I had to — he was going to Taser me," replied Fuller, according to the source.

When cops found Fuller, he had bullet wounds in his leg and shoulder. Cops suspect he asked Williams to shoot him to make it look as if he, too, was a victim.

Lopez approached Fuller's driver's-side door after pulling him over in Queens for sideswiping a car. Before Lopez could ask for his license, Fuller allegedly opened fire, hitting the decorated cop in the chest.

Fuller allegedly took off in his crippled car, then ditched it on the Cross Island Parkway, where he came upon his second victim, Raymond Facey, 58.

Facey had pulled onto the shoulder to make a cellphone call. Fuller shot him in the head and stole his car, cops said.

Williams was charged with weapons possession after cops found the Ruger 9mm used in all the shootings in his car, the sources said.

Williams insisted Fuller lied. "I want you to know that I had no idea what he did. I had no idea [about the shooting]," Williams told The Post in a phone call from Queens Central Booking.

Facey's daughter, Dahlia, said she plans to rename her newborn son for him.

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