NEW YORK – A New York Police Department officer was killed after what police described as an unprovoked attack.
According to WPIX, the shooting happened early Wednesday morning near 183rd Street and Morris Avenue in the Bronx.
The officer, 48-year-old Miosotis Familia, was inside a mobile command center with her partner when someone shot her through the window around 12:30 a.m., police said. Familia was shot in the head. NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill said Familia was "assassinated."
The shooting suspect then ran off; anti-crime officers later shot and killed the individual. Police identified him as 34-year-old Alexander Bonds. Officers said Bonds drew his weapon before officers opened fire. Another person, described as a bystander, was also struck by a bullet during the incident, police said.
Familia was taken to Saint Barnabas Hospital in “extremely critical condition” but later succumbed to her injuries, WPIX reported. She was a 12-year veteran of the force.
Bonds had been on parole for a May 2013 robbery. A source told the NY Daily News that Bonds once assaulted a police officer with brass knuckles. The source said Bonds had numerous aliases and had recently been critical of police on social media.
The shooting happened less than two miles away from where a police sergeant was fatally shot in November, WPIX reported.