A female New York City police officer is dead after being shot in the face while sitting in a police vehicle parked in the Bronx early Wednesday morning.
The fire department received reports at about 12:30am of an officer who was shot near the intersection of 183rd Street and Grand Concourse in the Bronx.
Officer Miosotis Familia, 48, has been identified as the victim. She died at the hospital.
The suspect, 34-year-old Alexander Bonds, was shot dead by other officers after he was caught fleeing the scene.
An innocent bystander was reportedly shot in the stomach and is now in stable condition.
The New York Fire Department received reports at about 12:30am of an officer who was shot near the intersection of 183rd Street and Grand Concourse in the Bronx (seen above)
Above is the gun that was recovered at the scene after the deadly shooting
A police officer from the local 46th Precinct in the Bronx was shot sometime after midnight on Wednesday
Police Commissioner James P O’Neill O’Neill said that the attack was unprovoked and that the female officer is in extremely critical condition
New York Mayor Bill De Blasio also spoke at the press conference early Wednesday morning
Police Commissioner James P O’Neill O’Neill said that the attack was unprovoked.
The attack may have been an assassination and the gunman had posted anti-cop message sin social media, police sources told the New York Post.
‘The city was celebrating our Independence Day,’ Mayor de Blasio said, starting off a press conference on the shooting just before 3.30am. ”One of those days we look forward to each year.
‘The NYPD did an extraordinary job keeping our city safe … and tragedy struck.’
The wounded officer was in a command vehicle with her partner when the shooting occurred.
Her partner immediately radioed for assistance while other officers encountered the suspected shooter one block away.
‘Shots fired!’ a panicked officer was heard shouting into his police radio just after shots rang out, according to the New York Daily News.
Armed NYPD officers are seen above at the scene of the shooting
A large contingent of officers is seen at the intersection where the shooting took place early Wednesday morning
The NYPD also deployed an emergency service unit vehicle in the immediate aftermath of the shooting
‘I need a f*****g bus! 10-85 10-85! My partner’s shot! My partner’s shot! My partner’s shot! Hurry up central!’
Meanwhile a block away, as officers encountered the suspect, he drew out a revolver.
Police fired at the suspect, striking and killing him, O’Neill said at a press conference early Wednesday morning.
A silver revolver was recovered from the scene, police said.
It was initially reported that and another suspect was in custody at the 46th Precinct station house in the Bronx.
Police have since said there are no outstanding suspects.
The officer’s colleagues on the force rushed her to St Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx.
Police at the scene put up yellow time demarcating the area where the shooting took place
There were unconfirmed reports that the suspect was shot dead at the scene
Local media outlets reported that a suspect is in custody at the 46th Precinct stationhouse
The wounded officer is based at the 46th Precinct, which serves the central part of the western Bronx and encompasses the Fordham, University Heights, Morris Heights and Mount Hope neighborhoods.
Witness Jay Marzelli said it looked as though there was a riot going on before the shooting.
‘It looked like there was a riot going on and two seconds later I hear gunshots, ‘bam, bam’ and then the police officer was just laying there in front of the stationary precinct – right here on Creston,’ Marzelli told the Daily News.
In December 2014, two uniformed police officers were assassinated as they sat in their marked car in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.
Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were targeted by the shooter because of their uniforms, officials said at the time.
The shooter, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, had previously posted anti-police threats on social media.
The officer’s colleagues on the force rushed him to St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx (above). She is reportedly in critical condition