Officer’s killer reported ‘erratic’ earlier
NEW YORK — Only a few hours before a fatal attack on a New York Police Department officer, the shooter’s girlfriend called 911 to report that she was worried about his unstable behavior, police officials said Thursday.
The woman called at about 10 p.m. Tuesday to say Alexander Bonds “was paranoid and acting erratically,” Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce told reporters after a police academy event.
Officers were dispatched to look for Bonds on the streets of a Bronx neighborhood, but the 34-year-old ex-convict evaded them, police said. At some point, Bonds and his girlfriend rode in a cab together but later went their separate ways, police said.
About 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Bonds walked up to a mobile command unit several blocks north of where police had searched for him and fired a single shot through a passenger-side window, killing officer Miosotis Familia. Two other officers ended up shooting Bonds to death.
Boyce said the girlfriend told police that she had taken Bonds for a psychiatric evaluation on Saturday but he was released after about an hour. Investigators who are trying to determine a motive also found antidepressant and antipsychotic medications in his apartment.
A woman visits a memorial board bearing the pictures of New York City officer Miosotis Familia (left) and a slain doctor, Tracy Sin-Yee Tam, during an anti-violence rally Thursday in front of Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center.