Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 22-year-old Brooklyn man was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years in prison for shooting a Nassau County police officer as he was fleeing the scene of a home invasion in New Hyde Park.Cong Xu’s three-decade prison term, handed down by Acting Nassau County Supreme Court Justice Philip Grella, comes after Xu pleaded guilty in April to assault and burglary charges.Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said in a statement that Officer Mohit Arora had been seriously wounded while he was responding to the August 2013 burglary.“On behalf of the people of Nassau County, I give my heartfelt appreciation and thanks to Officer Arora and to his brothers and sisters in uniform for their commitment to keeping us safe,” Singas said.Prosecutors said Xu and his 24-year-old co-defendant, Renhang Qiu, also of Brooklyn, broke into a house on Campbell Street where they were confronted by police after someone inside the home had dialed 911.As Xu fled, he turned back toward the officers and fired several rounds from a handgun, striking Officer Arora in his lower abdomen, prosecutors said.Arora, a six-year veteran of the NCPD at the time, was transported to North Shore University Hospital for treatment. He has since returned to duty but still receives physical therapy, according to Nassau County Police Benevolent Association President James Carver.Carver said the PBA union was pleased with the deal struck between prosecutors and Xu’s attorney.“I think it sends a strong message to anyone that if you’re going to commit a crime in Nassau County…more importantly if you’re going to shoot at a police officer…we’re gonna catch you,” Carver told the Press.The New Hyde Park shooting had sparked a dramatic pursuit, with officers following Xu through a nearby school yard before taking him into custody. Qiu was apprehended near the scene of the shooting.At the time of the burglary, two people were inside the house, police said at the time.Qiu, who last summer pleaded guilty to a single burglary charge, is scheduled to be sentenced June 19.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error SYDNEY, Australia >> In the last six years, the Dodgers have played games in China, Taiwan and now Australia. Where will they go next?There are multiple possibilities, and Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said Saturday that “we’re working on several things.”“I certainly have talked about this before: I want to open and play some regular-season games in Europe,” Selig said. “The potential there is beginning to grow, which is very exciting. The nice part about this, we’re getting overtures, really good ones, from all over the world.”If Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu gets a vote, he’s partial to South Korea. “I think it’s a fantastic idea,” the Incheon native said. “I would make it a personal wish that one day there could be a regular-season opener in Korea.”Fifteen major-league players have been born in South Korea, about half the number that have been born in Australia. Former Dodgers pitcher Chan Ho Park was the first and Ryu is among the most recent, making the Dodgers a logical choice to play in South Korea if MLB ever decides to stage a game there.Pitching plansDodgers manager Don Mattingly said that Zack Greinke and Dan Haren will start two of the three Freeway Series games against the Angels on March 27-29.That means both are unlikely to start either of the team’s next two regular-season games, March 30 and April 1 in San Diego. Clayton Kershaw and Ryu are the top candidates to receive those assignments, with Josh Beckett and Paul Maholm the next two likeliest choices.The San Diego Padres have already set their rotation for the three-game series. Manager Bud Black told reporters in Arizona that Andrew Cashner, Ian Kennedy and Tyson Ross will start the games in order.AlsoDodgers outfielder Matt Kemp is expected to play minor-league spring training games until March 27, then rejoin the team in Southern California. The other major-league players still in Arizona — Greinke, Haren, Beckett and Brandon League — will rejoin the team the day before for an intrasquad game March 26. … Mattingly said he will use the intrasquad game to allow the Dodgers’ relief pitchers to get in some preseason work. … Carl Crawford’s fiancee, television personality Evelyn Lozada, gave birth to the couple’s first child early Saturday morning in Arizona. Carl Leo Crawford weighs eight pounds and is 21 inches long, according to OKmagazine.com. … As part of the pregame ceremonies at Sydney Cricket Ground, 18 major-league baseball players from Australia were recognized on the field: Craig Shipley, David Nilsson, Graeme Lloyd, Mark Ettles, Mark Hutton, Shayne Bennett, Trent Durrington, Cameron Cairncross, Luke Prokopec, Brad Thomas, Glenn Williams, Justin Huber, Phil Stockman, Ryan Rowland-Smith, Rich Thompson, Brad Harman, Luke Hughes and Shane Lindsay.