A New York City police officer was killed in a shooting in Harlem on
Friday and a second officer was in critical condition, officials said.
They were the third and fourth officers to be shot in the line of duty
this week, according to the Police Department.
initially reported that both officers had been killed, but later said
one had not been officially pronounced dead by the hospital.
police did not immediately provide information about what had
precipitated the shooting of the officers, who were taken to Harlem
Hospital. One suspect was also shot, officials said. Information on the
person’s condition was not immediately available.
happened around 6 p.m. near the intersection of Lenox Avenue and West
135th Street. Within an hour, dozens of officers were in the area, which
was sealed off by yellow caution tape and a half-dozen patrol cars.
Mayor Eric Adams — who was in the Bronx earlier attending a vigil for an 11-month-old girl who was hit in the face by a stray bullet on Wednesday night — was headed to the hospital, a spokesman said.
shooting of the officers was the latest in a series of crimes early in
Mr. Adams’s term that is testing his vow to heighten public safety after
increases in certain crimes amid the pandemic. Shootings especially
have surged in some parts of the city.
The recent spate of violence has included the fatal shoving of a 40-year-old woman into the path of a subway train at Times Square station, the killing of a 19-year-old woman who was shot by a man robbing an East Harlem Burger King and the shooting of the baby in the Bronx.
On Tuesday, an officer was shot in the leg as he scuffled with a teenage suspect during a confrontation in the Bronx. And early Thursday, a detective was shot in the leg
when a man fired through a door during a search for drugs at a Staten
Island home, officials said. Neither of their injuries was
The shootings of the officers this week follow one on New Year’s Day in which an off-duty officer was shot in the head while sleeping in a car between shifts outside an East Harlem station house. He was treated at a hospital and released.
last New York City officer to be fatally shot was Brian Mulkeen, who
was killed by so-called friendly fire in September 2019 while he
struggled with an armed man in the Bronx.
In October 2015, Officer Randolph Holder was fatally shot by a suspect he was chasing in East Harlem. The previous December, two officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos,
were killed while sitting in their patrol car in Brooklyn. The gunman
shot them at point-blank range after traveling to New York from
Baltimore intent on killing officers.
The shooting death of a police officer in Harlem on Friday adds
mounting pressure on Mayor Eric Adams to deliver quickly and effectively
on the central thesis of his campaign for office: that only he, a retired police captain with 22 years on the force, has the know-how to restore a sense of public safety to New York City’s streets.
Friday shooting caps the mayor’s third week in office, and his tenure
has already coincided with a spate of violence that has riveted public
an 11-month-old baby was shot in the face in the Bronx. On Thursday, a
police officer was shot in Staten Island while serving a warrant. On Saturday morning,
an Asian-American woman was shoved in front of a moving train in Times
Square, in the heart of New York City’s once thriving tourist district.
on Friday afternoon, two police officers responding to a domestic
dispute were shot in Harlem, one fatally and one left in critical
“Today, I went to the hospital to visit the cop that
was shot in Staten Island,” said Councilwoman Kamillah Hanks, who chairs
the committee on public safety. “I hugged his mom and said how lucky
you are. And hours later, you hear this news.”
The act of violence
is eerily reminiscent of an episode during his predecessor Bill de
Blasio’s first year in office, when a gunman assassinated two police
officers while they were sitting in their police car in Brooklyn.
de Blasio ran on a platform of police reform. Mr. Adams, who was both a
former police officer and police reformer, ran on the idea that he
could rein in violence and reform the police at the same time.
He has yet to lay out a comprehensive plan for how he intends to do that.
The man who allegedly ambushed and shot two NYPD officers — one
fatally — in Harlem Friday is a convicted felon who was on probation at
the time, authorities said.
Lashawn McNeil, 47, was shot in the head and arm by a third officer
as he tried to flee, and was hospitalized in critical condition Friday
night, NYPD Chief of detectives James Essig said at a press conference.
The alleged gunman was on probation for a 2003 felony narcotics conviction in New York City, Essig said.Authorities said McNeil was sitting in the back bedroom of an
apartment at at 119 West 135th Street when he swung the door open and
allegedly fired on two cops, Rookie Officer Jason Rivera, 22, was killed
and and 27-year-old Officer Wilbert Mora, who joined the force in 2018,
was gravely wounded.
The officers, and a third cop, had been responding to a domestic
disturbance call from a woman who said she needed help with her son at
around 6:15 p.m.. The woman “mentioned no injuries and no weapons,” said
When they got to the apartment, the three cops were met by that woman
and another son. They were informed that the son she was having issues
with was in the back bedroom, down a “very tight” hallway about 30 feet
long, Essig said.
Police recovered an illegal Glock 45 at the scene, equipped with a “high
capacity magazine” that holds an additional 40 rounds, Essig said. The
weapon was stolen from Baltimore in 2017. Police are working with the
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to further trace the
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