NYPD Officer Shot to Death While in Her Police Vehicle
Miosotis Familia was shot in the head in apparent ambush
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 5, 2017 6:32 AM CDT
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Emergency personnel stand near the scene where a police officer was fatally shot while sitting in her patrol car in the Bronx.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

(Newser) – A New York City cop was shot to death in the Bronx overnight Tuesday in an apparent ambush. NYPD authorities say Miosotis Familia, 48, was sitting in her police vehicle about 12:30am when a gunman walked up and shot her in the head, reports DNA Info. Familia, a 12-year-veteran, died soon after at the hospital. "Based on what we know right now, this was an unprovoked attack on police officers," said police commissioner James O'Neill at St. Barnabas Hospital. Officers quickly tracked down the alleged shooter about a block away and fatally shot him. He has been identified as 34-year-old Alexander Bonds, who was out on parole for robbery in the Syracuse area, reports the New York Times.

The Daily News reports that Bonds once assaulted an officer with brass knuckles and has criticized police on social media. Officers say they opened fire on him when he drew a handgun. During that shootout, a bystander was shot in the stomach and is in stable condition. The incident calls to mind another in December 2014, when a gunman shot and killed two NYPD officers sitting in their patrol car. Early Wednesday, officers saluted as Familia's body was transported from the hospital.

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