WASHINGTON – A New York police officer who was fatally shot in the head overnight while sitting in a marked vehicle died early Wednesday morning.
Officer Miosotis Familia, 48, was shot at 12:30 a.m. EDT on Wednesday while sitting in a mobile command unit with her partner in the Bronx, the New York Police Department said. She died a few hours later after undergoing surgery.
NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said the 12-year veteran was “assassinated in an unprovoked attack.”
As officers immediately confronted the suspect, Alexander Bonds, 34, he allegedly drew a revolver. Officers shot and killed him about a block away, the commissioner said.
Police said they recovered a revolver at the scene.
An apparent bystander was shot during the encounter and is in stable condition at a hospital, police said.
The dispatch audio reveals the frantic moments after Familia was shot, as her partner screamed “Shots fired! Shots fired!” and begged for an ambulance.
Familia was the mother of three young children.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said Familia “was on duty, serving this city, protecting people, doing what she believed in and doing the job she loved,” he said at a news conference. “After this sudden and shocking attack, her fellow officers came to her aid immediately.”
Bonds was on parole for a robbery in Syracuse. The motive behind the shooting is unclear. The investigation is ongoing.
Eleven police vehicles with flashing lights escorted the ambulance transferring Familia’s body from St. Barnabas Hospital in The Bronx to Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan. Officers outside the Bronx hospital saluted as the vehicles passed.