HUNTINGTON STATION, N.Y. (WPIX)—A Long Island taxi driver shot twice by an off-duty Nassau County police officer is facing assault charges after authorities say he attempted to mow down two of their officers.
According to officials, Thomas Moroughan was shot early Sunday following a heated dispute with the two officers in Huntington Station.
At a court hearing Monday, an attorney for Moroughan insisted his client is a victim of police brutality. The cab driver pleaded not guilty to assault and reckless endangerment charges in court. Moroughan remains held on a $5,000 bond, $2,500 cash bail. He is due back in court on Friday.
The incident in question unraveled early Sunday after the two Nassau County officers pulled their vehicles, along with Moroughan, to the side of the road along Oakwood Road.
The men became engaged in a heated argument, a police report said.
At the height of the altercation, the cabbie drove his taxi toward one of the officers who was standing outside of his vehicle, prompting the other officer to open fire on Moroughan.
After the armed off-duty officer identified himself as an cop and ordered Moroughan to exit his vehicle, the cab driver proceeded to strike both officers with his taxi.
The officers, who were not identified by officials, were later treated for cuts and bruises.