NYPD officer killed, another in critical condition after Harlem shooting, police say

A New York police officer was gunned down and another was fighting for his life after a man opened fire on them in a Harlem apartment on Friday night, officials said.

Officer Jason Rivera, 22, was killed and a second officer was in critical condition, police said. The second officer was identified by the NYPD as Wilbert Mora, 27.

They were the fourth and fifth New York City Police Department officers to be shot that year.

The couple responded to an 911 call about a woman who had an argument with her son at 6:15 p.m., police said.

When they arrived, the woman and a son were standing in front of the apartment. The two officers were shot at without warning as they walked down a narrow hallway to the back bedroom where the suspect was, police added.

“As our first officer approached the bedroom, the door swings open and numerous shots are fired, hitting both officers,” James Essig, chief of criminal investigations, said at a news conference at Harlem Hospital.

The suspect, Lashawn Mcneil, 47, was then shot in the arm and head by a third officer, Essig said.

McNeil was in critical condition early Saturday, according to a police spokesman. Several spokesmen for the department initially said the suspect had died.

A Glock 45 pistol with an extended 40-round magazine was recovered at the scene, police said, adding that the gun was stolen in Baltimore in 2017.

President Joe Biden said he and First Lady Jill Biden were sad to hear about the shooting.

“We will keep them and their families in our prayers,” he said in one tweet on Saturday. “Officers put on the badge and face danger every day. We are grateful to them and their families for their extraordinary sacrifice.”

Keechant Sewell, who was sworn in as the NYPD’s first female police commissioner Earlier this month, she told a news conference that she was “struggling to find the words to express the tragedy we are going through.”

“We mourn and we are angry,” she said.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said she was appalled by the shooting.

“I know the whole of New York is behind these officers and their families,” she said.

Mayor Eric Adams, a former NYPD police captain who has pledged to fight gun violence, said the shooting was a crime against all New Yorkers.

“It’s our city against the killers,” Adams said. “This just wasn’t an attack on three brave officers, this was an attack on the city of New York. And it is an attack on the children and families of this city.”

Adams referred to the five officers shot and one 11 month old girl wounded by a stray bullet and urged the federal government to do more to stem the flow of illegal guns into the city.

“We will not live under the gun of dangerous people in New York City,” Adams said.

Four of the five shootings that injured NYPD officers this year occurred this week.

On Thursday, a Staten Island police officer was shot and killed while serving an arrest warrant in a narcotics investigation; on Tuesday an officer was beaten in the leg in a fight with an armed suspect in the Bronx; and early Jan. 1, an off-duty officer was shot dead while he slept in his car between shifts, officials said. The three officers survived.


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