Police: Off-duty officer shoots person possibly connected to burglary

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PATCHOGUE -

Suffolk police say an officer shot and injured a man who became combative following a report of a burglary in Patchogue early Monday morning.

Police say they received a call around 2:15 a.m. about a suspect involved in a commercial burglary. They say an off-duty officer who was driving home saw a man fitting the suspect's description walking on Waverly Avenue near East Third Street.

The officer, who was still in uniform, approached the man, who officials say became combative and began assaulting the officer.

Police say that officer tried using his Taser twice, but it was ineffective. During the altercation, the man tackled the officer to the ground, and the officer shot the man once in the torso, according to police.

The 33-year-old man was taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries that were not considered life-threatening. His identity has not been released.

The officer, a five-year veteran of the Suffolk County Police Department, was transported to a hospital for treatment for injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

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