AFRICANGLOBE -Two New York City police officers were killed today when they were ambushed as they sat in their patrol vehicle in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, city officials said.
The suspect in the shooting was also dead, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the officials said.
The gunman walked up to the officers sitting inside a patrol car and opened fire shortly before 3 p.m., officials said.
The suspect ran into a nearby subway station and shot himself, officials.
Hours after the shooting, dozens of police in tactical gear cordoned off a roughly three-block area around the site of the shooting, while other officers watched over the scene from rooftops in the area.
The shooting comes at a time when police nationwide are being heavily criticized for the deaths of unarmed Black men. In New York City, Eric Garner, a Black man was strangled to death on a Staten Island sidewalk.
“I can’t breathe” — words Garner could be heard gasping during his arrest, which was captured on an amateur video — have become a rallying cry for demonstrators across the country.
One city councilman told WABC-TV in New York that the shooting in Brooklyn was “the worst thing that could have happened.”
Until today, no NYPD officer had been fatally shot since December 2011, when Peter Figoski, a 22-year veteran, responded to a report of a break-in at a Brooklyn apartment and was shot in the face by one of the suspects hiding in a side room. The shooter, Lamont Pride, was convicted of murder and sentenced in 2013 to 45 years to life in prison.