NYPD Officer Shot Dead While Sitting in Vehicle by Man With History of Violence Against Cops

An NYPD officer has been killed in the line of duty after a man with a history of violence against cops opened fire on the 12-year veteran and her partner as they sat in a police vehicle in the Bronx, officials said.

Officer Miosotis Familia, 48, and her partner were stationed near E. 183rd Street and Creston Ave. Wednesday when the alleged gunman - identified by police as Alexander Bonds - fired one round into the mobile command post, striking the mother of three in the head, authorities said.

The pair was stationed in a RV-sized truck used as a communications hub during major events - including the citywide Fourth of July celebration.

"The city was celebrating our Independence Day," Mayor de Blasio said during a press conference after the shooting. "One of those days we look forward to each year. The NYPD did an extraordinary job keeping our city safe... and tragedy struck."

Familia's partner immediately began yelling into his police radio for help, screaming: "Shots fired! I need a f***ing bus! 10-85, 10-85! My partner's shot! My partner's shot! My partner's shot! Hurry up central!"

Familia was critically wounded and rushed to St. Barnabas Hospital, where she died.

"NYPD PO Miosotis Familia has been assassinated in an unprovoked attack on cops assigned to keep NYers safe," Commissioner James O'Neill tweeted. "Keep her family in your prayers."

A sergeant and a police officer in the area confronted Bonds, who was shot dead after he drew a silver revolver, police said.

The firearm was recovered at the scene, officials said.

A bystander was also shot during the incident. That person has been listed in stable condition.

Bonds had a history of aggression against law enforcement, having been arrested in 2001 for assaulting a police officer with brass knuckles, the New York Daily News reported.

He was paroled in 2013 after serving seven years for a robbery in the Syracuse area, online records show.

He also reportedly spoke critically of police on social media, commenting that officers in Oakland, Calif., were wrong to stop a child riding a bicycle.

Surveillance footage captured Bonds, 34, marching toward Familia's vehicle "with purpose" seconds before the fatal attack, The News reported.

"Let's be clear. This was nothing less than an assassination of a police officer," a police source told the paper. "Our understanding is she was filling out her memo book and he walked out and fired one round."

Familia was devoted to her three children-a 20-year-old daughter and 12-year-old twins-and took care of her elderly mother, according to reports.

She spent five years as a nurse at New York University and two years working for the American Red Cross before going on to become one of New York's Finest in 2005.

"Fully knowing the dangers that she faced, she suited up in uniform every day and stood tall against those who threaten and terrorize the good folks of the Bronx," said Patrolmen's Benevolent Associated President Patrick Lynch.

The Bronx native was raised alongside her nine siblings by a loving family with roots in the Dominican Republic, devastated relatives told the New York Daily News.

She celebrated her heritage, joining the NYPD's Dominican Officers Association, where she always was willing to put others first, as she did in every other aspect of life.

"She was always overextending herself to people," President Raysa Galvez said. "Always willing to help. Just look at her face. She was humble. That's who she is."

In the wake of Familia's death, the NYPD announced it had begun installing bullet-resistant windows in police vehicles, the News wrote.

Since the NYPD received its first shipment of 500 pairs of windows two weeks ago, officials have outfitted 91 cars with the potentially life-saving panels.

Current plans do not include replacing the windows of mobile command centers.

The program was initiated in 2016 under then-Police Commissioner Bill Bratton following the assassination of Officer Brian Moore, who was shot dead while sitting in his patrol car on May 2, 2015.


More Related News

Minneapolis police chief resigns after shooting by officer
Minneapolis police chief resigns after shooting by officer
  • World
  • 2017-07-22 01:57:20Z

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minneapolis police Chief Janee Harteau resigned Friday at the request of the mayor, who said she lost confidence in the chief after last weekend's fatal police shooting of an unarmed Australian woman who had called 911.

US police may have feared ambush in shooting Australian: lawyer
US police may have feared ambush in shooting Australian: lawyer

The lawyer for one of two Minneapolis police officers involved in the shooting death of an unarmed Australian woman said Wednesday that they may have feared an ambush. Justine Damond was killed Saturday night when approaching a police car, after she had placed an emergency call reporting a possible rape taking place near her home in Minnesota. One of the responding officers, Matthew Harrity, told investigators he had been startled by a loud noise just before the 40-year-old woman approached the car and his partner Mohamed Noor fired the deadly shot, authorities said.

Minnesota shooting shows underuse of police body cameras
Minnesota shooting shows underuse of police body cameras
  • World
  • 2017-07-19 20:24:03Z

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Police and protesters heralded the arrival of the body camera as a critical window into officers' everyday activities after the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.

New York man gets 22 years in prison for hammer attacks
New York man gets 22 years in prison for hammer attacks
  • US
  • 2017-07-19 19:20:08Z

A hammer-wielding man who attacked four people including a police officer during a three-day string of assaults in New York City two years ago was sentenced on Wednesday to 22 years in prison, prosecutors said. David Baril, 32, pleaded guilty in May to attempted aggravated assault upon a police officer and multiple counts of assault in the second degree, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said in a statement, adding that "New Yorkers were gripped with fear" during the attacks. Baril, a native of New York City's Bronx borough who police said suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, was also sentenced to five years of post-release supervision.

Months Before Minneapolis Shooting Answers Expected
Months Before Minneapolis Shooting Answers Expected

The fatal shooting Saturday of Australia-born Minnesota woman Justine Damond by a police officer could go unanswered for months while Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called the shooting "inexplicable."

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply


Top News: Latin America

Hit "Like"
Don't miss any important news
Thanks, you don't need to show me this anymore.