A police officer was fatally shot early Wednesday as she sat in a command vehicle in New York, authorities said.
Miosotis Familia, 48, was shot just after midnight while she and her partner were sitting in a marked police vehicle in the Bronx. She was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital, where she died, the New York Police Department said.
Police are calling it an “unprovoked attack.”
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. It immediately revived memories of ambush-style killings of police officers, including in Brooklyn in 2014 and in Iowa last year.
Officer Familia, 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 — on the south side of East 183rd Street, near Creston Avenue, in the Fordham Heights neighborhood.
Around 12:30 a.m., as Officer Familia neared the end of her shift, the gunman identified as Alexander Bonds, 34, walked up to the vehicle and fired a single round from a .38-caliber, five-shot Ruger revolver through a passenger-side window, according to Deputy Chief Jason Wilcox, the commander of detectives in the Bronx.
The suspect was shot and killed by police about a block away, police Commissioner James O’Neill said.
Police said Familia was a 12-year veteran working in the 46th Precinct.