1 NYPD officer killed, 1 seriously injured in shooting in Harlem | Associated press

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York police officer was killed and another seriously injured Friday night while responding to a call about an argument between a woman and her adult son, officials said, leaving four officers slaughtered in the city in as many days.

Just three weeks after taking office, Mayor Eric Adams – himself a former police captain – and Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell appeared before the media at a Harlem hospital, speaking out against the wave of violence against the department. NYPD.

“Countless officers lined that hallway after carrying him and mourned their brother while praying with all they had for each other,” Sewell said. “I find it hard to find the words to express the tragedy we are going through. We are in mourning and we are angry.

Adams said: ‘It was just not an attack on these brave officers. It was an attack on New York City.

Adams called on federal authorities to do more to collect stolen weapons like the one used in Friday’s shooting at a Harlem apartment.

“There are no gun manufacturers in New York,” he said. “We don’t make weapons here. How do we get thousands of guns off the streets and they still end up in New York, in the hands of killers?

Authorities said officers, along with a third officer, attended the 135th Street apartment after a call came in from a woman in need of help with her son, identified by the police as Lashawn J. McNeil, 47.

Authorities said officers spoke with the woman and another son, but there was no mention of a weapon. Then two of them walked from the front of the apartment down a narrow 9-meter (30-foot) hallway.

NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig said McNeil opened a bedroom door and opened fire on the officers, beating them.

The officer who was killed was identified as Jason Rivera, 22, who joined the force in November 2020, and the injured officer as Wilbert Mora, 27, who has worked for the NYPD for four years.

As McNeil tried to flee, a third officer who had stayed with McNeil’s mother outside the apartment shot McNeil and wounded him in the head and arm, Essig said.

McNeil is alive and hospitalized in critical condition, NYPD spokesman Lt. John Grimpel said, correcting previous reports that he was killed. Sewell and Adams did not respond to questions at the hospital press conference.

McNeil’s last known address is in Allentown, Pennsylvania, about 90 miles west of New York.

McNeil was on probation for a 2003 drug conviction in New York. He also had several out-of-state arrests. In 1998 he was arrested in South Carolina for illegally carrying a gun, but records show the case was later dismissed. In 2002, he was arrested in Pennsylvania for assaulting a police officer, Essig said.

Police said the weapon used in the Friday night shooting, a .45 caliber Glock with a high-capacity magazine capable of holding up to 40 additional rounds, was stolen in Baltimore in 2017.

Friday night’s shooting occurred in a ground floor apartment of a six-story building located one block between two iconic Harlem avenues: Malcolm X Boulevard and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard.

It happened three nights after an officer suffered leg injuries in the Bronx during a fight with a teenager who also took his own life. On Thursday, a narcotics detective was shot in the leg in Staten Island.

Under Adams, the NYPD reestablished an undercover crime-fighting unit aimed at getting guns off the streets. The unit had been disbanded in 2020 over fears it accounted for a disproportionate number of shootings and complaints.

The NYPD has also partnered with prosecutors, city and federal agencies in recent months as part of a task force that meets daily and works to track gun violence, expedite weapons tracing fire and build cases against shooters and arms traffickers.

Before Friday, the last NYPD officer killed in the line of duty was Anastasios Tsakos, who was hit by a suspected drunk driver in May 2021 while assisting officers at the scene of an earlier highway crash. of Queens.

The latest NYPD officer shot in the line of duty, Brian Mulkeen, was hit by friendly fire while struggling with a gunman after he chased and shot him in the Bronx in September 2019.

Mulkeen’s death occurred approximately seven months after Det. Brian Simonsen was killed by friendly fire as he and other officers confronted a robbery suspect at a cell phone store in Queens.

In 2017, officer Miosotis Familia was ambushed by a gunman while she was writing in a notebook at a mobile command post. In 2016, Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo was killed in a shootout with a man who broke into his ex-wife’s house.

In 2015, Officer Randolph Holder was shot and killed by a man riding a stolen bicycle in Manhattan and Officer Brian Moore died after being shot by a man in Queens.

The previous year, officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were shot and killed by a man who ambushed them while sitting in their patrol car in Brooklyn.

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This story has been corrected to show the suspect is hospitalized in critical condition, not dead.

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Associated Press writer Deepti Hajela of Essex County, New Jersey, contributed to this report.

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