Police Still Have No Idea What Prompted Man to Ambush, Murder NYPD Officer

Police Still Have No Idea What Prompted Man to Ambush, Murder NYPD Officer

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Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — At the start of her midnight shift, Officer Miosotis Familia was in a New York Police Department mobile command post, writing in her notebook, when a gunman strode toward her.

She never saw Alexander Bonds coming before he shot her in the head through the passenger-side window, killing her before officers ultimately killed him, police said.

Police are investigating what may have prompted Wednesday’s shooting, which Police Commissioner James O’Neill described as an officer being “assassinated in an unprovoked attack on cops.”

“Officer Familia was murdered for her uniform and for the responsibility she embraced,” O’Neill said in a message to officers Wednesday night. “For the NYPD, regularly achieving lower and lower crime figures means absolutely nothing when one of our own is brutally shot and killed.”

A 12-year NYPD veteran, the 48-year-old Familia had come to police work later in life than most on a force where the average recruit is 26. She had been a nurse and medical assistant first, according to her profile on the career site LinkedIn. A mother of three who lived with her own mother in the Bronx, she felt a calling to help her community, friends said.

“She’d give you the shirt off her back,” said Tom Ritter, 59, a plumber who lived downstairs from Familia and said she treated his now-22-year-old son like one of her own children.

“She was the sweetest person you ever want to meet,” Ritter said.

Familia worked her entire police career in the Bronx precinct where she was killed while staffing the RV-like command post, stationed to help combat rising crime in the neighborhood after a triple shooting in March.

Her policing earned praise even from a woman whose husband she had arrested.