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A suburban New York City police officer killed after being shot in what started out as a traffic stop was an “exemplary officer,” a county official said Wednesday, as he acknowledged the death of the civilian had been overshadowed by the outpouring of grief for the officer.

Nassau County Officer Arthur Lopez was killed Tuesday after getting shot in what had started out as a traffic stop near the Belmont Park racetrack. Ex-convict Darrell Fuller, 33, was arrested on charges of shooting him as well as another driver, 52-year-old Queens resident Raymond Facey, in a subsequent carjacking.

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano called Lopez, an 8-year veteran on the force, “an exemplary officer, a real heroic officer.”

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