Miosotis Familia, a 48-year-old New York Police Department officer, was shot and killed Wednesday morning by a man who had expressed anger at police in the past.
Authorities called the shooting in the Bronx, in which Familia was killed while sitting in a police truck, an “unprovoked” attack. The alleged shooter, Alexander Bonds, was shot and killed by other officers near the scene. Bonds, a former convict, posted a video on Facebook last year in which he didn’t quite threaten violence against police, but said he wouldn’t shrink away from confrontations.
“I’m not hesitating. It ain’t happening. I wasn’t a bitch in jail and I’m not going to be a bitch in these streets,” Bonds said in the video, which The New York Times reported. The paper said police had reviewed the video.
In any case, authorities say Familia seems to have had no interaction with Bonds when he walked up to the vehicle she was in and fired one shot through the passenger-side window with a revolver shortly after midnight. Familia was taken to a hospital, where she died.
Colleagues, politicians, and friends mourned Familia, a mother of three, including a 20-year-old and twin 12-year-olds. A trained nurse, she spent 12 years as an NYPD officer after previously working for the Red Cross.