The July 4th holiday was shattered early Wednesday morning when New York Police Department officer, Miosotis Familia, was brutally gunned down while sitting in a police vehicle in the Bronx. Familia had been a 12-year veteran of the force.
The attack appears to have been random and unprovoked. The gunman was killed by officers shortly thereafter.
While details are still coming in, the city’s top cop, Commissioner James P. O’Neill, took to Twitter later Wednesday to condemn the attack, calling it an assassination.
— Commissioner O’Neill (@NYPDONeill) July 5, 2017
Little is known about the gunman, Alexander Bonds, other than that his last known address was in the Bronx and at the time of the shooting, he was on parole for armed robbery in upstate New York, the New York Times reported.
While the Big Apple is far safer now than during the dark days of the 1980s, New York remains a dangerous place for law enforcement. In 2014, two NYPD officers were gunned down in similar unprovoked attacks in Brooklyn. The suspect, a mentally ill man, committed suicide shortly thereafter.
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