>> Police officers weeping outside the New York hospital Wednesday after one of their own was fatally shot in the head in what appears to be an ambush. The victim, identified as 48 year-old Miosotis Familia, was a 12-year veteran of the NYPD, local media saying she was a mother of three.
Investigators say she was sitting in the passenger seat of this police command vehicle in the Bronx Wwhen a gunman walked up to the window and fired a single bullet through the glass.>> It is clear this was an unprovoked attack on police officers who are assigned to keep the people of this great city safe.
>> The shooter identified as 34-year-old Alexander Bonds lived at this address in the Bronx. Police say Bonds was shot and killed after a short pursuit during which he pointed a revolver at officers. Bonds was on parole for a robbery conviction. In a video posted to Facebook last September, he criticized police and prison officers for abusing civilians and inmates.
The attack reminiscent of the deadly ambush in 2014 when a gunman murdered two NYPD cops in a patrol car in Brooklyn before taking his own life. Wednesday's shooting, which followed July 4th holiday festivities, coming almost a year after a US Army Veteran opened fire on police officers in Dallas, killing five cops.
A few days later, a gun man in Baton Rogue, Louisiana killed three police officers.>> I ask all New Yorker's to keep our officer and her family in your prayers and in your thoughts.>> A total of 24 US law enforcement officers have been shot and killed so far this year, up 20% from the same period in 2016 according to a nonprofit police memorial fund.
These numbers include deaths by gunfire that were ruled accidental.