An NYPD police officer was shot and killed early this morning while sitting in a police vehicle in the Bronx. The New York City police commissioner is calling this an “unprovoked attack”.
Officer, Miosotis Familia, 48, was rushed to St. Barnabas Hospital, where she was pronounced dead about three hours later.
The assassination happened at the close of Fourth of July celebrations around 12:30 a.m. The officer was in full uniform, sitting in a mobile command unit — a truck-size police vehicle that is big enough to house equipment and several officers — on the south side of East 183rd Street in the Fordham Heights neighborhood.
The gunman walked up to the vehicle and fired a single round from a .38-caliber, five-shot Ruger revolver through the passenger-side window, striking Officer Familia in the head.
Immediately after the shooting, Officer Familia’s partner, Vincent Maher, called for assistance, and two other officers encountered the suspect, who was running on Morris Avenue, about one block away. When the gunman drew a silver revolver, they opened fire, killing him.
The gunman, identified by the police as Alexander Bonds, 34, was paroled in May 2013 after serving seven years in one of New York State’s most notorious prisons for a robbery in the Syracuse area.
In a video he posted to Facebook in September of last year, he railed against prison conditions and warned people of officers raping or killing inmates. But he also hinted that he would not back down in any future confrontations with police officers on the streets.
“I’m not playing, mister officer,” he says into the camera. “I don’t care about 100 police watching this.”
He added, “I got broken ribs for a reason, son, we gonna shake. We gonna do something. We can’t be dying for free, getting raped for free, just for them to give you hush money. Is you stupid? I don’t want the money. I want justice.”
At another point, Mr. Bonds alluded to encountering officers and said, “I’m not hesitating. It ain’t happening. I wasn’t a bitch in jail and I’m not going to be a bitch in these streets.”
A bystander was struck by a bullet in that shootout, and is in stable condition, said the police commissioner, James P. O’Neill.
Officer Familia was pronounced dead at 3:37 a.m. at St. Barnabas Hospital, a line of officers saluted their fallen colleague; some escorted her body to the medical examiner’s officer.
“Based on what we know right now, this was an unprovoked attack against police officers who want to keep this great city safe,” Commissioner O’Neill said at a news conference at the hospital.