A memorial to Officer Jason Rivera grows in front of...

A memorial to Officer Jason Rivera grows in front of the 32nd Precinct in Harlem on Monday. Credit: John Roca

The suspected gunman who shot two NYPD officers, leaving one dead and another critically injured last week in Harlem, died on Monday, Mayor Eric Adams said.

Lashawn McNeil, 47, the suspect in the fatal shooting of Officer Jason Rivera and critical injuring of Officer Wilbert Mora, had been shot by a third officer responding to a domestic incident last Friday, according to police.

Adams, speaking to reporters after unveiling a multipronged plan to quell gun violence in the city, confirmed McNeil's death.

"Lashawn McNeil has passed away, my staff just informed me," Adams said.

The NYPD on Monday also revealed plans for funeral services later this week at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan for Rivera, 22, who once wrote about joining the police department to improve community relations.

A viewing is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue, according to funeral information posted at police headquarters.

NYPD Officer Jason Rivera, 22, left, was shot dead Friday night...

NYPD Officer Jason Rivera, 22, left, was shot dead Friday night in Harlem. NYPD Officer Wilbert Mora, 27, right, was critically injured in the shooting. Credit: NYPD

A funeral service for Rivera, a Manhattan native, is set for Friday at 9 a.m. at St. Patrick’s. Rivera died from gunshot wounds to the head and torso, according to the New York City medical examiner's office. He will be cremated, the funeral information posted at police headquarters said.

Mora, 27, remained hospitalized in critical condition at NYU Langone Medical Center on Monday, the NYPD said.

The officers were responding to a 911 call for a domestic dispute between McNeil and his mother at an apartment on West 135th Street near Malcolm X Boulevard.

Adams, in his announcement at City Hall, said the NYPD would deploy a new team of plainclothes officers to the streets, begin gun checks at the city's major entry points and expand the city's youth summer job program to stem gun violence.

Adams vowed the city would not return to the so-called "bad old days" of the 1980s and early 1990s, when the city averaged 2,000 homicides annually.

"We will not surrender our city to the violent few," said Adams. "We won’t go back to the bad old days."

Adams said the NYPD would put "more officers on patrol" and would deploy new "Neighborhood Safety Teams" — a new version of the controversial Anti-Crime Unit of plainclothes officers that was previously disbanded — in the 30 precincts where 80% of violence in the city occurs.

Adams also said the NYPD would add more detectives to its Gun Violence Suppression Division.

The mayor said the Neighborhood Safety Teams would launch in the next three weeks. The NYPD's plainclothes Anti-Crime Unit was responsible for many of the stop-and frisk interactions with mostly Black and Latino men that were later ruled unconstitutional. The unit was disbanded in 2020 after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

"We will avoid mistakes of the past," said Adams, referring to allegations of excessive force by members of the unit. "These officers will be identifiable as NYPD, have body cameras, and have advanced training and oversight."

Adams, citing the shooting of the NYPD officers on Friday, said McNeil had a ".45-caliber modified gun" with "40 rounds in the clip" and "a loaded assault rifle under his mattress."

Asked about a motive for the shooting, Adams said it was still under investigation.

Since Jan. 1, NYPD officers have confiscated 350 illegal guns off the street, Adams said. Last year, the department took in 6,000 illegal firearms.

Adams also called on Congress to pass federal legislation to help combat gun violence, including making gun trafficking a federal crime and increasing penalties on straw purchases. The State Legislature, said Adams, should tweak the bail reform law to allow judges to consider defendants' potential danger to the community when setting bail.

Adams said he planned to attend Rivera’s funeral on Friday.

"As a city we will mourn together," Adams said. "We will celebrate his life and pay tribute to his heroism."

Rivera joined the department on Nov. 2, 2020, and was assigned to the 32nd Precinct in May 2021. Mora joined on Oct. 24, 2018, and also was assigned to the 32nd Precinct in November 2019.

Rivera, in a letter to his commanding officer on Nov. 30, 2020, while he was a probationary officer, outlined an incident when his older brother was stopped and frisked by police.

"My perspective on police and the way they police really bothered me," he wrote. "As time went on, I saw the NYPD pushing hard on changing the relationship between the police and the community. This was when I realized that I wanted to be a part of the men in blue; better the relationship between the community and the police."

Rivera added: "Coming from an immigrant family, I will be the first to say that I am a member of the NYPD, the greatest police force in the world."

With Anthony M. DeStefano and John Asbury

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