A police officer was shot and killed early today while sitting in a police vehicle in the Bronx, the New York Times reports. New York Police Commissioner James O’Neill called the incident an “unprovoked attack” and an assassination. The gunman was killed. Officer Miosotis Familia, 48, who was in uniform, had been sitting in a mobile command unit, a truck-size police vehicle that is big enough to house equipment and several officers. The attack came at the close of Fourth of July celebrations; several witnesses said they had been setting off fireworks when the police suddenly swarmed the area.
Around 12:30 a.m., as Familia neared the end of her shift, the gunman walked up to the vehicle and fired a single round from a .38-caliber, five-shot Ruger revolver through a passenger-side window. Familia’s partner, Vincent Maher, called for assistance, and two other officers encountered the suspect, who was running about one block away. When the gunman drew a silver revolver, they opened fire, killing him. The gunman was identified as Alexander Bonds, 34, who also uses the name John Bonds. Bonds served seven years in prison for a robbery in the Syracuse area before he was paroled in 2013.