NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia was fatally shot shortly after midnight Wednesday while sitting in her marked patrol vehicle. Familia, a mother of three, was transported to St. Barnabas Hospital, where NYPD officials later confirmed she died of her wounds.As NYPD officers mourned the death of their colleague, new details have begun to emerge about the attacker. In what police officials have called an “unprovoked attack on cops,” Alexander Bonds opened fire on the officers with a revolver. Shockingly, this wasn’t the first time Bonds had attacked police officers.
From PIX 11:Bonds served about seven years in prison for a robbery in Syracuse and was paroled in May 2013, records show. Police sources initially said he had been arrested in 2013.
Wednesday was not Bonds’ first attack on a police officer. Sources told the NY Daily News he previously assaulted an officer with brass knuckles.
Before carrying out the attack, Bonds lashed out at police:Bonds also recently spoke critically of law enforcement on social media, the Daily News reports, noting he seemed to have had up to six different aliases.
After the shooting, Bonds fled the scene, but was later fatally wounded in a shootout with police:
Bonds was gunned down by responding officials about a block from the shooting, police said. A revolver was found at the scene.Familia was a 12 year NYPD veteran. In addition to her years in law enforcement, Familia previously served her community as a nurse with the Red Cross. She was a graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and previously attended Ohio State University’s School of Medicine. Tragically, she leaves behind 3 children.
Her black life didn’t matter to her killer…because she was wearing blue.
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]