CRIME

Suffolk County police officer shot while on duty identified; search for suspect underway

Noel DiGerolamo, left, President of the Suffolk County Police Benevolent Association, and Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone, speak with reporters at a news conference at Stony Brook University Hospital, Thursday, March 12, 2015 in Stony Brook, N.Y. A Suffolk County police officer was shot and wounded while confronting a suspect who fled a traffic stop, police officials said. Officer Mark Collins, who is expected to survive, was in plain-clothes and driving an unmarked vehicle when he stopped a car for a vehicle and traffic violation on Route 25 in Huntington Station. A suspect is in custody. (AP Photo/Mike Balsamo)

Noel DiGerolamo, left, President of the Suffolk County Police Benevolent Association, and Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone, speak with reporters at a news conference at Stony Brook University Hospital, Thursday, March 12, 2015 in Stony Brook, N.Y. A Suffolk County police officer was shot and wounded while confronting a suspect who fled a traffic stop, police officials said. Officer Mark Collins, who is expected to survive, was in plain-clothes and driving an unmarked vehicle when he stopped a car for a vehicle and traffic violation on Route 25 in Huntington Station. A suspect is in custody. (AP Photo/Mike Balsamo)  (The Associated Press)

Police have identified the Suffolk County police officer who was shot and wounded while on duty on Long Island.

A police spokeswoman says Officer Mark Collins was shot just before midnight Wednesday on Mercer Court near Jericho Turnpike in Huntington Station.

He was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital. The spokeswoman did not have his condition. But WPIX-TV says the 12-year veteran suffered non-life threatening injuries to the neck and hip.

Details of the shooting were not immediately available.

A search for a suspect continued.

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Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com