The commissioner of the NYPD called the attack “unprovoked.”
New York Police Officer Miosotis Familia was assassinated early Wednesday morning in the Bronx in an “unprovoked direct attack” according to NYPD Police Commissioner James O’Neill.
— Commissioner O'Neill (@NYPDONeill) July 5, 2017
According to the commissioner’s statement:
A female police officer was shot and critically injured while sitting in a marked NYPD command vehicle near the corner of Morris Avenue and East 183rd Street in the Bronx around 12:30 a.m. The officer was assigned with a partner in a mobile command post when a suspect fired through the vehicle’s window striking her in the head. Her partner immediately radioed for assistance.
An anti-crime team, consisting of a sergeant and a police officer, who were in uniform, encountered a male subject running on Morris Avenue, approximately one block from the scene of the shooting. As they confronted him, he drew a revolver. The officers fired at him, striking and killing him. A silver revolver was recovered at the scene.
CNN reported Wednesday morning that the dead suspect, Alexander Bonds, had been a parolee for a previous conviction of robbery.
They also played the audio of the harrowing 9-1-1 call (WARNING: graphic language):
This is not the first assassination of police officers in New York during Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s tenure. In December 2014, two officers were shot as they sat in their patrol car in Brooklyn.
The 2014 tragedy and sparked a charged protest from the NYPD, who turned their backs on the mayor as he visited the hospital:
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