NYPD officer Miosotis Familia shot and killed in 'unprovoked attack'

The victim was a long-standing member of the NYPD (stock photo)

The victim was a long-standing member of the NYPD (stock photo)

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

An NYPD officer has died after being shot in what has been described as an "unprovoked attack."

Officer Miosotis Familia was killed on Wednesday (July 5) when a man walked up to her vehicle and opened fire through the window, authorities have revealed.

Familia, 48, was taken to Saint Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx but could not be saved.

The victim was assigned to the anti-crime unit of the NYPD's 46th Precinct, and had been deployed in a marked police command van which had been parked in the area since March to monitor gang violence.

The suspect, identified as 34-year-old Alexander Bonds, was subsequently shot and killed by Familia's colleagues after a block-long chase. 

According to the NYPD, there are "no outstanding suspects" in the case.

“It is clear this was an unprovoked attack on police officers who were assigned to keep the people of this great city safe,” New York City Police Commissioner James O'Neill said in a press conference early on Wednesday.

“She was sitting in the vehicle and he came up and fired a round into the vehicle. I don’t know if anything else could be more unprovoked than that.”