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A New York City police officer was shot and killed early Wednesday morning while sitting in a marked patrol car by a man who was later killed by responding officers.


According to the Associated Press, Officer Miosotis Familia—a 12-year veteran with the 46th Precinct’s anti-crime unit in the Bronx—was with a partner at a mobile command post when the man, identified as 34-year-old Alexander Bonds, fired one round into the patrol car’s window, striking Familia, 48, in the head just as she was wrapping up her shift.

The officer was rushed to the hospital but did not survive.

“This was an unprovoked direct attack on police officers who were assigned to keep the people of this city safe,” Police Commissioner James O’Neill said.


Familia’s partner, who was unharmed in the shooting, called in for help and other officers responded quickly, coming upon the suspect about a block away. As officers confronted Bonds, he pulled out a revolver and an officer fired at him, striking and killing him. A bystander was hit in the stomach by a bullet but is in stable condition, according to police.

AP notes that Bonds was on parole for a robbery case in Syracuse, N.Y.. He was seen in surveillance footage going up to the post “with purpose,” although it is not clear what caused the attack.

O’Neill noted in a press conference Wednesday that the shooting took place in an area that has been troubled with gun activity, ABC News reports.

Read more at the Associated Press and ABC News.

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