Updated 06/12/2010 07:55 AM
Albany cops cleared in shooting of armed driver who ran down officer
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Two Albany police officers have been cleared of any wrongdoing for using deadly force during an incident in which the driver who ran down one of the officers was fatally shot.
Back in February, Officers Kevin Moynihan and Christopher Pageau were on patrol when they noticed a vehicle commit a traffic infraction. The vehicle also matched the reported description of a car involved in a shooting the day before.
The driver, Howard Tucker, 37, initially pulled over, but then took off as Officer Pageau noticed a handgun on the floor of the car. The officers pursued the vehicle on foot, but police said Tucker spun the car around and accelerated toward Officer Moynihan, who was hit by the car and dragged. He was then pinned between the wheels and a wrought iron fence.
As Moynihan was being dragged, both officers fired at Tucker who was shot and later died from his injuries. Police said a cocked and loaded .45 caliber revolver was found in his car.
Police later learned that Tucker was on parole for felony drug possession from New York County.
A grand jury found that the use of deadly force in this situation was justified.