The man was in the midst of a fatal crime spree in the New York City area

The Washington, D.C. area man wanted for punching a Bordentown Township gas station employee in the neck with brass knuckles this past weekend was the man shot dead by police in Long Island, New York Monday morning.

He was still on a crime spree, police said.

A Nassau County police officer shot Michael Ward dead Monday morning in Great Neck. The 46-year-old was from Fort Washington, Maryland.

Michael Ward

According to ABC7NY, before he was killed, Ward knocked a 77-year-old man to the ground in the Bronx and robbed him of stole $20. Then he ran over a pedestrian in Brooklyn, killing him.

And then, just before 4 a.m. Monday, he carjacked a woman on Manhattan’s Lower East Side and minutes later, carjacked a driver in New York’s Tribeca neighborhood with a punch to the face.

He was fatally wounded by police shortly after motorists honked at his stopped vehicle and he responded by emerging with a bat, smashing their windows and striking one, ABC7NY reported.

Nassau County police said Ward went after an arriving police officer with the bat, who first attempted to Taser the suspect, but was unsuccessful. When Ward refused to drop the bat, the officer fired twice.

He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

In Bordentown Township, police had charged him via warrant with aggravated assault for the Saturday, 6 p.m. assault of an employee of the Delta gas station on Route 206.

Police Ward arrived in a Mitsubishi, slugged the attendant, then jumped into an Acura that was getting gas – a vehicle with Delaware license plates. Bordentown police suspected Ward was headed to New York.

Kevin Shea may be reached at kshea@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter@kevintshea. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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Source:: New Jersey Real-Time News


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Man who punched N.J. gas employee shot dead by police

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