Suffolk County Constable Michael LaFauci will be released from Stony Brook University Hospital at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 18, the department announced in a statement.

LaFauci was shot dead on Thursday 11 May while monitoring a house in Coram, Homestead Drive, near Norfleet Lane, as part of an armed robbery investigation.

Gunman Jennel Funderburke, 20, of Colum, allegedly fired two shots at the officer during a chase, hitting him in the right thigh.

Fenderberg was arrested shortly after the shooting and charged with attempted murder.

La Fauci, a six-year veteran of the department and the father of an infant, underwent emergency surgery at Stony Brook University Hospital, Suffolk County Police Chief Rodney Harrison said at a news conference.

On Monday, May 15, the department announced that his condition had been upgraded from severe to fair.

Suffolk County PBA President Noel DiGerolamo told reporters outside court on Friday that the shooting came three years after Suffolk County police rescued Funderburke and three others from a burning car.

“They saved his life only for him to try to kill someone,” he said. “This is what our leaders in Albany created.”

Following the car rescue, police reportedly found illegal drugs and a handgun belonging to Fenderberg, DiGloramo said.

In court on Friday, Funderburke pleaded not guilty to the following charges:

  • attempted aggravated murder
  • first degree robbery

According to Harrison, Fenderberg was a member of the Bloody street gang and had “numerous contacts with the police,” including an August 2022 arrest for illegal possession of a weapon.

As he left court on Friday, he told reporters, “Tell (La Fauci) I’m sorry. I didn’t mean it that way.”

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