An on-duty New York City police officer was shot an killed after a man walked up to her police car and fired shots through the window.
Twelve-year veteran of the force Miosotis Familia was taken to a Bronx area hospital for treatment where she later died.
The NYPD says she was hit in the head in an "unprovoked attack" in a marked police van that had been in the area for months due to increased gang activity in the area.
The department says the suspect, Alexander Bonds, was shot and killed by officers responding to the scene and Officer Familia's partner, who was sitting next to her, was uninjured in the shooting.
New York City Police Commissioner James O'Neill gave a statement at a press conference outside the hospital Familia was transported to.
“It is clear this was an unprovoked attack on police officers who were assigned to keep the people of this great city safe. She was sitting in the vehicle and he came up and fired a round into the vehicle. I don’t know if anything else could be more unprovoked than that.”
President of the NYC Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, Patrick Lynch says people in the surrounding area should watch out for anti-police activity.
“This kind of violence against police officers can not stand. We need the public’s help,” Lynch said while speaking at Wednesday's press conference. When you someone that’s making threats [or] doing something against police officers, you need to let us know. You need to be our eyes and ears."