NYC police officer killed in ambush-style murder

The female officer, Miosotis Familia, was gunned down early Wednesday morning as she was sitting in a police vehicle.
By Cliff Mooneyham | Jul 08, 2017
A New York City police officer has died after being shot in what officials are calling an "unprovoked attack." The female officer, Miosotis Familia, was gunned down early Wednesday morning as she was sitting in a police vehicle.

"Based on what we know right now this was an unprovoked attack against police officers who what to keep this great city safe," said police commissioner James P. O'Neill, at a news conference, as reported by The New York Times.

The gunman, who was identified as 34-year-old Alexander Bonds, was killed by police when he drew a revolver during a chase about a block away from the ambush, according to the report.

Bonds was paroled in May 2013 after serving eight years at Attica Correctional Facility for robbery. He had served several stints in the state prison system and was arrested in 2001 for punching an officer with brass knuckles.

The attack against Officer Familia occurred as she was sitting in a mobile command unit in the Fordham Heights neighborhood. Bond approached the vehicle and shot off one round from a .38 caliber Ruger revolver.

"She was on duty, serving this city, protecting people, doing what she believed in and doing the job she loved," said Mayor Bill de Blasio. "And after this shocking and sudden attack, her fellow officers came to her aid immediately."

A bystander who was hit by a bullet during the police chase when Bonds was killed is in stable condition, O'Neill said.

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