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Officer Shot Dead While Sitting In Patrol Car (Photos)

| by Jonathan Constante

A New York City man has been arrested for fatally shooting a police officer as she sat in her patrol car.

Officer Miosotis Familia, 48, was shot dead on July 5 in the Bronx at around 12:30 a.m., the New York Post reported. She was sitting in her patrol car with her partner when a man approached her vehicle and shot her in head.

The suspect was identified as 34-year-old Alexander Bonds. Familia's partner immediately radioed in for assistance when the shots rang out.

“Shots fired!” the officer was heard shouting, according to the New York Daily News. “I need a f*****g bus! 10-85 10-85! My partner’s shot! My partner’s shot! My partner’s shot! Hurry up central!”

While Familia's partner called for assistance, two other officers, Sgt. Keith Bryan and Officer Joseph Ayala, encountered the suspect about a block away. The suspect then reportedly drew a revolver, prompting the officers to fire at him.

Bonds was shot dead, NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill confirmed during a press conference.

Familia was rushed to a nearby hospital for surgery, but died from her injuries. She had been with the force for 12 years.

An innocent passerby was also shot in the stomach, but is now in stable condition.

“This is absolutely an unprovoked attack," O’Neill said of Bonds' actions.

“The city was celebrating our Independence Day. One of those days we look forward to each year," Mayor de Blasio said during the press conference. "The NYPD did an extraordinary job keeping our city safe ... and tragedy struck."

Bronx resident Jay Marzelli, 17, said he thought the gunshots were fireworks at first.

"I was in this bodega right here on Creston, just getting a sandwich and all of a sudden there was all this running and stuff going on and I look out, probably 40, 50, 60 cops screaming, ‘Call a paramedic, clear the block!’" Marzelli told the New York Daily News.

“It looked like there was a riot going on and two seconds later I hear gunshots, ‘bam, bam,’ and then the police officer was just lying there in front of the stationary precinct -- right here on Creston.”

A silver revolver was reportedly found near the suspect's body. Bonds had posted anti-police messages on social media prior to the murder, police officials told the New York post.

Bonds has been previously arrested for assaulting an officer with brass knuckles in 2001, and drug charges in 2000 and 2002, the Daily Mail reported.

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