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Bronx cop shooting: What we know and don’t know

A bullet-shattered window can be seen in the

A bullet-shattered window can be seen in the command post vehicle where NYPD officer Miosotis Familia was shot early Wednesday morning, July 5, 2017 in the Bronx. Credit: John Roca / Newsday

Here’s what we know about the fatal shooting of an NYPD officer in the Bronx:


-Miosotis Familia, 48, a female NYPD officer, was shot and killed in her police vehicle early Wednesday morning.

-The gunman, identified as Alexander Bonds, 34, was killed after encountering uniformed officers about a block away.

-Bonds had no motive other than a hatred for police, a senior NYPD official said.

-Police said they knew of no connection between the suspect and the officer.

-Bonds was arrested in Queens in 2001 for assaulting a police officer, officials said. He was also arrested in 2005 in Onondaga County on a robbery case, violated parole in 2006 and was sent to the Attica Correctional Facility, officials said.

-He was released in May 2013 and was on parole. He had encounters with police for minor offenses, including public urination and alcohol use, officials said.

-Familia was a mother of three. She had twins — a boy and a girl — and a 20-year-old daughter. She lived in the Bronx with the twins and her mother.

-Familia was one of 10 siblings.

-The Fordham Heights neighborhood, in the 46th Precinct, was known to be dangerous, police said. There were 18 shootings and two murders between Jan. 1 and July 2, 2017, in the 46th Precinct, which includes parts of Fordham, University Heights, Morris Heights and Mount Hope, the NYPD said. In 2016, there were 33 shootings and 14 murders.

-Familia and her partner were sitting in a command vehicle, which is about the size of a motor home and meant to be a visible presence in the neighborhood, police said.

-Police said the command vehicle had been stationed in the area since March because of gang-related shootings.

-Familia’s partner radioed for help after she was shot.

-Familia was a 12-year veteran of the NYPD.

-The shooting occurred at 183rd Street and Morris Avenue in the Bronx at about 12:30 a.m.

-Bonds fired just one shot from a handgun.

-A bystander was shot as police fired at Bonds and was listed in stable condition.


-How Bonds obtained the gun used in the shooting.

-Who fired the shot that hit the bystander.

-The identity of the bystander.

-Details of the officer’s career.

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