2 NYPD officers shot and killed in their police car

NEW YORK, Dec 21:  Two New York Police Department officers were shot and killed at point blank range in their patrol car here by a man who later shot himself at a nearby subway station, an attack described as an “assassination”.
The officers were identified as Wenjin Liu, a seven-year veteran of the NYPD, and Raphael Ramos, who joined the force two years ago.
The gunman was identified as 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley who had driven from Baltimore and authorities said had written in social media posts that he planned to kill police officers in the wake of the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown by police officers.
“Our city is in mourning. Our hearts are heavy,” Bill de Blasio said in a press conference.
“Although we are still learning the details, it is clear that this was an assassination,” he said, adding that when a police officer is murdered, it “tears at the foundation of our society.”
“Our entire city was attacked by this heinous individual,” the mayor said.
NY Police Commissioner William Bratton said Ramos and Liu were among New York’s “finest” police officers and “were shot and killed with no warning or provocation.
“While sitting in a marked police car, both were ambushed and murdered. Both officers paid the ultimate sacrifice today while protecting the communities they served,” Bratton said.
Authorities said Brinsley walked up to the police car in which the two officers were sitting and “took a shooting stance” outside their vehicle in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn.
He shot through the passenger side window on the officers’ heads and upper bodies in an attack so sudden that the officers could not even draw their weapons.
He then ran to a nearby subway station and committed suicide by shooting himself.
A semi-automatic handgun was recovered at the scene.
“Officer Ramos and Officer Liu never had the opportunity to draw their weapons,” Bratton said. “They may never have had the chance to see their murderer.”
Bratton and de Blasio met with the officers’ families last evening.
Wu was married just two months ago and Ramos has a 13-year old son who “couldn’t comprehend what had happened to his father,” the mayor said.
Bratton said Brinsley had shot and seriously wounded his ex-girlfriend last morning in Baltimore and made posts from her Instagram account that were “very anti-police.” (PTI)


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