A 48-year-old NYPD officer and mother of three was fatally shot in the head as she sat in her vehicle in the Bronx on Wednesday in what law enforcement officials are calling an unprovoked attack motivated by her job as a police officer.
The tragic incident took place at 12:30 am, when 34-year-old Alexander Bonds came up to Miosotis Familia’s vehicle and fired the deadly shot, the New York Post reported. She was inside a temporary headquarters vehicle at the time of the shooting.
Familia, who was a 12-year veteran currently serving with the Anti-Crime unit of the 46th Precinct, was rushed to nearby St. Barnabas Hospital, where she died during surgery. Now, officials are trying to make sense of the needless loss of life.
“Based on what we know right now, this was an unprovoked attack against police officers who want to keep this great city safe” said NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill.
He said that Bonds fired one shot, prompting Familia’s partner to call for backup. Two more officers – Sgt. Keith Bryan and Officer Joseph Ayala – came across Bonds about a block away from the crime scene and shot him dead when he resisted arrest.
A bystander was shot in the stomach during the standoff but is in stable condition at St. Barnabas.
Police revealed that Bonds was paroled in 2013 for a robbery in Syracuse after serving just shy of seven years of an eight-year sentence. He would have completed parole in May 2018.
Bonds’ social media presence appears to show that he carried a grudge against police officers due to his time behind bars, The New York Times reported.
“I’m not hesitating. It ain’t happening,” Bonds said in a video he posted to Facebook in September, alluding to a fictional encounter with a cop. “I wasn’t a bitch in jail and I’m not going to be a bitch in these streets.”