As WNYC reports, the 48-year old officer was in her patrol vehicle in the Bronx when a man suddenly started shooting. He also had a sealed arrest for an assault with brass knuckles on a police officer, but the date of that arrest wasn't immediately clear. The suspect drew a revolver and the officers shot and killed him.
Another person was struck by a bullet during the encounter, police said. A bystander was also wounded in the shooting, the report said.
NYDOC identified Alexander Bonds, 34, as the suspect involved in the fatal shooting of NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia, 48, who was shot and killed in the Bronx early Wednesday. "We will keep her in our hearts and minds as we do all of the women and men who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the city they loved". She leaves behind 3 children.
The officer's colleagues on the force rushed her to St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx.
"This kind of violence against police officers can not stand".
"Shots fired! 10-85!" Officer Familia's partner, Vincent Maher, shouted over the police radio after the gunfire, including the code for "officer down", according to WABC-TV.
The slain officer was a mother of three.
Mayor Bill de Blasio commended the job of officers on July 4, in the hours leading up to the incident.
A friend of Bonds, however, told the Times Wednesday that she was not aware of any alleged "anti-police" sentiment.
Despite having labeled the attack as an assassination, police are still investigating a possible cause or motive for the shooting. Police said Bones was on parole out of Syracuse for robbery.
The shooting was reminiscent of the 2014 deaths of two NY police officers who were shot at point-blank range while sitting in a police auto in the East Flatbush neighborhood in Brooklyn.