A female police officer was shot and killed in the Bronx in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The gunman was also killed in the incident.
Officer Miosotis Familia, who was 48 years old, was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital, where she was pronounced dead about three hours after the shooting.
She was in uniform and sitting in a police vehicle when the attacker, Alexander Bonds, who is also known as John Bonds, approached the vehicle and fired shots through the passenger side window. Familia, who was a 12 year veteran of the police force, was nearing the end of her shift.
Her partner, Vincent Maher, called for assistance and two other officers chased the gunman, before shooting him a block away after Bonds drew a silver revolver.
The shooting occurred on south side of East 183rd Street, near Creston Avenue, in the Fordham Heights neighborhood. July 4 celebrations were taking place in the area, and many people witnessed swarms of police officers filling the streets after the incident occurred.
Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill held a news conference outside the hospital where Familia was pronounced dead at 3:37am.
“Based on what we know right now, this was an unprovoked attack against police officers who want to keep this great city safe,” he said.
The NYPD has said that they are viewing the shooting as an assassination.