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Update: Police seek help linking pellet gun shooting car with others

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Authorities are asking the public’s help with linking the vehicle used in Wednesday’s pellet gun shooting of an NYPD detective in Queens with similar incidents reported on Long Island.

Tiara Ferebee, 24, of Riverhead was arrested Saturday and charged with first-degree assault, according to a press release and court records.

A brown Nissan Altima with a Missouri license plate #YH4-H3T was involved in the alleged pellet gun shooting in which a plainclothes NYPD detective was hit in the forehead, officials said.

A vehicle matching that description was reportedly used in the following incidents where projectile was fired at other vehicles also on Wednesday:

• One vehicle was hit around 6 p.m. eastbound on the Southern State Parkway near exit 30 (Broadway) in Nassau County.

• Two vehicles were hit and their side view windows were shattered around 7 p.m. eastbound on Sunrise Highway just east of exit 61 (County Road 51) in Southampton.

• A vehicle’s side view window was it on County Route 104 near Sunrise Highway.

State police believe all four reports are related and is working with the NYPD since they are similar to the Queens incident.

Witnesses are asked to contact state police at 631-756-3300.

Ms. Ferebee also faces a second-degree assault charge, a felony, and a misdemeanor criminal possession of a weapon charge. Police had originally said in a press release she would be charged with attempted murder.

Original story (published Oct. 16):

A Riverhead woman has been arrested on attempted murder charges after allegedly shooting at an NYPD detective with a pellet gun Wednesday night in Queens, according to authorities.

Tiara Ferebee, 24, reportedly shot a pellet gun at a plainclothes NYPD detective, hitting him in the forehead, around 5:10 p.m., according to an NYPD report.

The detective, who hasn’t been identified, was driving an unmarked police vehicle westbound on Jamaica Avenue near 168 Street when Ms. Ferebee, who was inside a 2015 Nissan Altima, fired the pellet gun, police said.

The victim was taken to Jamaica Hospital for treatment, officials said.

Ms. Ferebee was arrested Saturday after police released a surveillance image following the incident.

She was charged with attempted murder of a police officer, assault on a police officer with a deadly weapon, assault on a police officer, criminal possession of a weapon (loaded firearm) and reckless endangerment.

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Tiara Ferebee
Police released this image following Wednesday’s pellet gun shooting. (Credit: NYPD)