Ex-con fires into ve­hi­cle, kills NYC po­lice of­fi­cer

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

NEW YORK — A New York City po­lice of­fi­cer was shot to death early Wed­nes­day, am­bushed in­side a mo­bile com­mand post by an ex-con­vict who had ranted on­line about his treat­ment in prison and about of­fi­cers get­ting away with killing peo­ple, au­thor­i­ties said.

The gun­man was killed by po­lice about a block away.

Mioso­tis Fa­milia, a 12-year mem­ber of the Po­lice Depart­ment, was writ­ing in her note­book in the front seat of the ve­hi­cle when the killer strode up to it in a Bronx neigh­bor­hood around 12:30 a.m. and fired one round through the pas­sen­ger-side win­dow, strik­ing her in the head, au­thor­i­ties said.

Fa­milia’s part­ner ra­dioed fran­ti­cally for help, and po­lice caught up to 34-year-old Alexan­der Bonds, who was fa­tally shot af­ter pulling a re­volver, po­lice said.

A by­stander was struck by a bul­let in that en­counter and is in sta­ble con­di­tion, Po­lice Com­mis­sioner James O’Neill said.

“Based on what we know right now, this was an un­pro­voked at­tack against po­lice of­fi­cers who want to keep this great city safe,” O’Neill said at a news con­fer­ence at St. Barn­abas Hos­pi­tal, where Fa­milia was pro­nounced dead at 3:37 a.m. Out­side, a line of of­fi­cers saluted her. Some es­corted her body to the med­i­cal ex­am­iner’s of­fice.

Mayor Bill de Bla­sio praised Fa­milia and ex­pressed the city’s grief.

“She was on duty, serv­ing this city, pro­tect­ing peo­ple, do­ing what she be­lieved in and do­ing the job she loved,” he said at the news con­fer­ence. “And af­ter this shock­ing and sud­den at­tack, her fel­low of­fi­cers came to her aid im­me­di­ately.”

Fa­milia, 48, had been sta­tioned in the mo­bile com­mand post, which was set up in the high­crime neigh­bor­hood af­ter a triple shoot­ing in March.

Bonds had been sen­tenced to six years in At­tica prison for an armed rob­bery out of Syra­cuse, N.Y., and had been paroled in 2013. He pre­vi­ously was con­victed in 2004 of crim­i­nal sale of a con­trolled sub­stance near a school, a felony, state prison records in­di­cate. He en­tered the state prison sys­tem in March of that year and was paroled seven months later.

Bonds also was ar­rested in Jan­uary 2001 in New York City, ac­cused of kick­ing an of­fi­cer and punch­ing the of­fi­cer with brass knuck­les, a law en­force­ment of­fi­cial said. The ar­rest record ap­peared to be sealed, and fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about how the case was re­solved was not avail­able.

He was also ar­rested in 2000, ac­cused of pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana, and had sev­eral ar­rests start­ing in 2001 on sus­pi­cion of sell­ing a con­trolled sub­stance to an un­der­cover of­fi­cer, the of­fi­cial said.

In a video posted on Face­book in Septem­ber, Bonds talked about the treat­ment of peo­ple by of­fi­cers and about how hard life was be­hind bars.

“Don’t think ev­ery brother, cousin, un­cle you got that get killed in jail is be­cause of a Blood or Crip or Latin King killing them. Nah, po­lice be killing them and say­ing that an in­mate killed them,” he said in the video.

He added: “I got bro­ken ribs for a rea­son, son, we gonna shake. We gonna do some­thing. We can’t be dy­ing for free, get­ting raped for free, just for them to give you hush money. … I don’t want the money. I want jus­tice.”

At an­other point, Bonds al­luded to en­coun­ter­ing of­fi­cers and said: “I’m not hes­i­tat­ing. It ain’t hap­pen­ing.”

Po­lice said they were try­ing to iden­tify the mo­tive for the shoot­ing. A law en­force­ment of­fi­cial said de­tec­tives have re­viewed the Face­book video.

While ten­sions have been run­ning high be­tween po­lice and black peo­ple around the coun­try, there was lit­tle or no im­me­di­ate in­di­ca­tion that Fa­milia’s killing had a racial di­men­sion. Bonds was black; Fa­milia was black and His­panic. Her fam­ily is from the Do­mini­can Repub­lic. She ap­par­ently had no pre­vi­ous con­tact with Bonds.

Bonds was caught on sur­veil­lance video leav­ing a con­ve­nience store, then mov­ing tightly along the wall, pulling his hoodie over his head and walk­ing pur­pose­fully to­ward the po­lice ve­hi­cle. The video didn’t cap­ture the shoot­ing but showed him run­ning away with a gun in his hand, po­lice said.

Fa­milia, a mother of three, in­clud­ing a set of twins, lived with her mother and worked the mid­night shift in the Bronx. Fam­ily mem­bers and friends said she be­came an of­fi­cer to help her com­mu­nity.

“Put it this way: She’d give you the shirt off her back. She was the sweet­est per­son you ever want to meet,” neigh­bor Tom Rit­ter said. He said his son, now 22, had played with Fa­milia’s chil­dren and that she prac­ti­cally “adopted” him.

When he heard that she had been shot, he said, “My heart dropped.”

In­for­ma­tion for this ar­ti­cle was con­trib­uted by Colleen Long, Jennifer Peltz,Tom Hays and Karen Matthews of The As­so­ci­ated Press; and by Ben­jamin Mueller, Al Baker and Sewell Chan of The New York Times.

AP/SETH WENIG

Po­lice of­fi­cers walk past the shat­tered win­dow of an NYPD ve­hi­cle near where a po­lice of­fi­cer was shot in the Bronx sec­tion of New York on Wed­nes­day.

Fa­milia

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