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Retired Long Island Cop Shoots Man During Roadway 'Altercation,' Police Say

A fight between two drivers ended with one beaten with a flashlight and the other shot in the buttocks.
A fight between two drivers ended with one beaten with a flashlight and the other shot in the buttocks. Photo Credit: Pixabay

This story has been updated.

One man was shot and another beaten with a flashlight following an "altercation" while driving on Long Island.

The incident, which police say they have not classified as road-rage, took place around 11:15 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the intersection of Bellmore and Magnolia roads, in Bellmore, Nassau County Police said.

According to detectives, a 62-year-old man was driving northbound on Bellmore Road when he became involved in a dispute with the driver of another vehilce in the area of Magnolia, police said.

Once both drivers exited their vehicles they got into a verbal fight which escalated into a physical fight, at which point the victim was struck several times on his head with a flashlight, police said.

During the fight, the victim, a retired police officer, with a valid Nassau County pistol permit, fired one round from his firearm striking the other man in the buttocks. 

Both men went to the hospital for treatment.

After a thorough investigation, police arrested Michael Bua, 47, of North Bellmore, police said.

He was charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon and will be arraigned when medically practical, police said.

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