NYPD Officer Killed, Another Injured After Shooting
A New York City police officer was killed and another critically wounded Friday night while answering a call about an argument between a woman and her adult son, officials said, making four officers shot in the city in as many days.
Three uniformed officers responded to a domestic disturbance call around 6:15 p.m. on West 135th Street by a mother who said she was fighting with her son. After officers arrived, they went to a rear bedroom, where the suspect fired multiple times as they approached the door. As McNeil, the suspect tried to flee, a third officer who’d stayed with McNeil’s mother in the front of the apartment shot at McNeil and wounded him in the head and arm.
Both officers were rushed to the hospital, where one was pronounced dead, police said. Early Saturday morning, police identified the fallen as Officer Jason Rivera, of the 32nd Precinct. The other officer, Wilbert Mora, 27, was badly injured and listed in critical condition at Harlem Hospital and was undergoing surgery in an effort to save his life.
Police initially said that the suspect was shot and killed by a third officer at the scene, but later made a correction to say that he was taken to the hospital and was in critical condition
McNeil was on probation for a 2003 drug conviction in New York City. He also had several out of state arrests. In 1998, he was arrested in South Carolina for unlawfully carrying a pistol, but records show the matter was later dismissed. In 2002, he was arrested in Pennsylvania for assaulting a police officer.
Mayor Eric Adams — a former police captain and New York City Mayor said, “This was just not an attack on these brave officers. This was an attack on the city of New York.”
Adams called for federal authorities to do more to round up stolen guns like the one used in Friday’s shooting inside a Harlem apartment.
“There are no gun manufacturers in New York City,” he said. “We don’t make guns here. How are we removing thousands of guns off the street and they still find their way into New York City, in the hands of people who are killers?”