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Officers lined up at Harlem Hospital overnight, many staying late into the morning to pay their respects to fallen officer Jason Rivera y Mora, 22, who was critically injured, CBS2’s Kevin Rincon reported.
NYPD officer Wilbert Mora, 27, is fighting for his life Saturday and another officer has died after responding to a call for help from a mother about her son’s behavior.
The deadly encounter with the suspect, Lashawn McNeil, 47, a convicted felon, unfolded around 6:30 p.m. Friday on West 135th Street between Lenox Avenue and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard in Harlem.McNeil is hospitalized in critical condition after being shot by a third officer at the scene.
A 22-year-old son, husband, officer and friend was killed because he did what we asked him to do,” New York Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell said at a late-night news conference.
While the police department mourns the loss of Officer Rivera, there is also anger over what happened.
“The three officers that arrived at that scene were doing their jobs. They came to answer a call for duty, which countless officers do every day,” Sewell said.
Police said they received a call about a domestic dispute between McNeil and his mother, a retired corrections officer. Once officers entered, McNeil opened fire without warning, police said.
“One officer remained with the two family members while two other officers went to the back room,” said NYPD Detective Chief James Essig. “As our first officers approach the bedroom, the door opens, numerous shots are fired striking both officers, one fatal and one critical. As the perpetrator tries to get out, he is confronted by our third officer who fires two rounds, hitting him in the right arm and head.
About 10 to 15 shots, like rapid fire and I thought it was fireworks, and I’m like no one does fireworks in January,” Jordan Sartor said.
“You hear all the sirens, you see all the cars. It’s sad, it’s sad. It’s sad. We have enough problems in this world. We don’t… this is not all,” said another neighbor.
Police said McNeil has an extensive criminal history. Officers recovered a gun at the scene and believe it was purchased illegally in Baltimore.
Mayor Adams said that gun violence is an issue that everyone needs to address. He and Gov. Kathy Hochul said they will do more to try to get illegal guns off the streets.
“It’s our city against murderers,” Adams said. “We must save this city together. That is what we must do.”