The Mayor of New York and Governor Cuomo should both resign immediately after the total collapse they have witnessed in that city.
First, it was a terrible response to the pandemic and then they stood around and did nothing as the city descended into chaos.
And now an on-duty police officer was gunned down while in her squad car. The violence must end.
An on-duty New York City police officer was killed early Wednesday after a gunman walked up to a police vehicle and fired one round through a window, authorities said.
Officer Miosotis Familia, a 12-year veteran assigned to the New York City Police Department’s 46th Precinct’s anti-crime unit, was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, where she was pronounced dead at 3:37 a.m. ET. She was 48 years old, according to police sources.
At a press conference Wednesday morning, New York City Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill said Familia was shot in the head in an “unprovoked attack” while sitting with her partner in a marked police command vehicle on the corner of Morris Avenue and East 183 Street in the Bronx around 12:30 a.m. He told reporters the vehicle had been parked there since March because of increased gang activity in the area.
Familia’s partner radioed for assistance while other uniformed officers chased after the suspect, who took off on foot. As the officers confronted the suspect, he drew a revolver, and the officers shot and killed him, according to O’Neill.
The shooter has since been identified as Alexander Bonds, 34, of New York City. The .38 caliber revolver recovered from the crime scene was stolen in West Virginia in 2013, police sources told ABC News.
Another person, believed to be an innocent bystander, was struck by a bullet during the confrontation. The individual was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, according to O’Neill.
Familia’s partner was not injured in the attack.
“It is clear this was an unprovoked attack on police officers who were assigned to keep the people of this great city safe,” O’Neill told reporters at St. Barnabas Hospital. “She was sitting in the vehicle, and he came up and fired a round into the vehicle. I don’t know if anything else could be more unprovoked than that.”
O’Neill noted that the area where the shooting took place has been troubled by gun violence and gang activity.
He later wrote on his verified Twitter account that Familia was “assassinated.”
A police source told ABC News that surveillance footage recovered from the scene shows the suspect “purposefully” walking up to the command vehicle and firing into the passenger’s side window. Familia was writing in her memo book at the time, indicating that she may not have seen the suspect approach, police sources said.
In an internal memo to staff, O’Neill wrote that Familia’s death was a “direct attack on police officers assigned to safeguard the people of New York City” and that she was “murdered for her uniform and for the responsibility she embraced.”
“For nearly 12 years, Officer Familia did what each of you also swore an oath to do every day, on every tour: fight crime and disorder, and improve people’s lives,” O’Neill wrote. “Officer Familia dutifully lived up to that promise because she believed, as each of you do, that the safest big city in the nation can become even safer.”