Before Alexander Bonds shot a police officer in the Bronx on the night of July 4, he claimed lights from passing cars were a code only he could understand, his girlfriend tells the New York Times. The unnamed woman, who'd spent the previous four days with Bonds, says her boyfriend had told her he suffered from schizophrenia, but she'd seen no evidence of the condition during the six months she dated him. That changed on June 30. Having heard a rumor that a friend was upset with him, Bonds suddenly became convinced someone was conspiring against him, the woman says. As previously reported by the New York Daily News, Bonds was taken to a hospital on July 1 and sedated before being released. Days later, his paranoia returned.
He believed "his enemy had me date him in order to destroy him," his girlfriend says. On the evening of July 4, she called 911 three times asking for Bonds, who was acting erratically, to be picked up. She says a dispatcher told her to wait on a street corner. But while ambulances and police cars passed by, she says none ever stopped, despite her waving. "I wish I could have done more," she says. "I didn't know it could end violently." The woman, who says she didn't know Bonds was armed, finally left her boyfriend when he instructed her to get into a cab. A short time later, police say Bonds fatally shot 48-year-old Miosotis Familia with a gun stolen from a home in Charleston, W. Va., in 2012. Bonds was subsequently shot and killed by police. He was 34. (Read more police shooting stories.)