The Latest: Governor directs flags to be flown at half-staff

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Posted: Jul 05, 2017 7:33 PM
The Latest: Governor directs flags to be flown at half-staff

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the fatal shooting of a New York City police officer (all times local):

7:30 p.m.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH'-moh) has directed that flags on all state government buildings be flown at half-staff in memory of a New York City police officer fatally shot while sitting in a vehicle.

The Democratic governor calls Wednesday's killing of Officer Miosotis Familia a "senseless assassination."

A gunman shot the officer in the head as she sat in a mobile command post vehicle in the Bronx. The gunman fled but was fatally shot by police after he pointed a revolver at them.

Flags will be flown at half-staff beginning Thursday and remain in that position until the officer's burial.

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6:15 p.m.

Boston police are warning officers to remain alert after a New York City officer was shot and killed in her car.

Police Commissioner William Evans said Wednesday he's "saddened" to hear of the killing of NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia.

Police say Alexander Bonds went up to an RV command post in the Bronx and ambushed Officer Familia, shooting her through the passenger-side window as she wrote in her notebook around 12:30 a.m.

Police say officers caught up with Bonds about a block away and killed him when he pulled a stolen revolver.

Evans is urging Boston officers to remain "vigilant" and "aware of their surroundings at all times given the recent violence targeting law enforcement officers."

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6 p.m.

The New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund is providing financial support to the family of a New York City police officer gunned down in an unprovoked attack.

The fund, known as Answer the Call, said Wednesday it will provide an initial $25,000 to the officer's family. In addition, the fund will provide an annual stipend to each of the officer's three children until they reach the age of 21.

Officer Miosotis Familia died Wednesday after a gunman shot her in the head as she sat in a police RV in the Bronx. The gunman fled, but was fatally shot by police after he pointed a revolver at them.

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5:40 p.m.

An ex-convict who ambushed and killed a New York City police officer ranted online about how inmates are treated in prison. But prison records show he had a long history of disciplinary problems behind bars.

Records show Alexander Bonds, also called John Bonds, was written up more than two dozen times while in prison after pleading guilty to a 2005 robbery in Syracuse.

Some of the disciplinary knocks are top-level violations such as assaulting an inmate or fighting.

A parole board cited his "poor institutional behavior" and "lengthy history" of arrests in denying his 2012 bid for parole. He was released in 2013 under a provision that sometimes allows parole without a board's input.

Police say he strode up to a mobile police command post and put a bullet in an officer's head Wednesday. Officers caught up with him a block away and killed him when he pulled a revolver.

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4 p.m.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the killing of a New York City officer in "cold blood" is the latest in a troubling series of attacks on police officers over the past two years.

Sessions issued a statement on Wednesday saying "these attacks must stop."

Officer Miosotis Familia died Wednesday after a gunman shot her in the head as she sat in a police RV in the Bronx. The gunman fled, but was fatally shot by police after he pointed a revolver at them.

Sessions said, "we must honor the service of every law enforcement officer and the memory of those we have lost in the line of duty."

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2:15 p.m.

Friends of the New York City officer shot to death inside a police RV say she was the "sweetest person you'd ever want to meet."

Officer Miosotis Familia died Wednesday after a gunman fired through the glass, striking her in the head. Police say the gunman fled, and when officers caught up with him a block away, he pointed a revolver at them and they fatally shot him.

Family friend Isabelita Roman said Familia became a police officer to help the community. Neighbor Tom Ritter said: "She'd give you the shirt off her back. She was the sweetest person you ever want to meet."

Familia had been on the force for 12 years and was assigned to a Bronx precinct. She had three children, including a set of twins.

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11:40 a.m.

The New York City police officer shot to death on duty was assigned to a Bronx precinct and worked the midnight shift.

Officer Miosotis Familia had three children, including a set of twins, and was of Dominican descent.

The 48-year-old was shot early Wednesday while sitting in the front passenger seat of a police RV stationed in the area as a result of a triple shooting in the area in March. She was a 12-year police veteran.

Police say she had no prior contact with gunman Alexander Bonds. He fled the scene, but police caught up to him a block away and shot and killed him when he turned with a gun in his hand.

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10:15 a.m.

The man who police say fired a single shot through the window of a police RV that killed a New York City officer is seen on surveillance video moments before the attack.

Police say Alexander Bonds was captured on video exiting a nearby convenience store, then moving tightly along the wall, pulling his hoodie over his head and walking purposefully toward the van. Police say he fired through the window with a revolver.

The video doesn't capture the shooting but shows him running from the scene with a gun in his hand.

Officer Miosotis Familia was at the end of her shift when she was struck.

Police chased Bonds and caught him about a block away and opened fire when he pointed the gun at them.

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8 a.m.

A New York City police officer is heard frantically shouting for help after his partner was fatally shot early Wednesday.

Officer Miosotis Familia was writing in her memo book at the end of her shift when 34-year-old Alexander Bonds walked up to the passenger side of the police truck she was sitting in and fired one shot, striking her in the head.

"Shots fired! 10-85!" her partner is heard shouting after the gunfire on a police recording, including the code for an officer down. "My partner's shot! My partner's shot! My partner's shot! Hurry up central!"

Police quickly responded and caught up to Bonds about a block away, where he pointed a gun at them. They fired and killed him.

Police Commissioner James O'Neill said it was an unprovoked attack.

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7:10:

Police say a 12-year veteran New York City officer was fatally shot while sitting in her patrol car with her partner in what one sergeant is calling a "clear assassination."

Police Sgt. Brendan Ryan says 48-year-old Officer Miosotis Familia died at a hospital early Wednesday. He says the attack "appears to be an isolated incident — clear assassination."

They say a person believed to be a bystander was struck by a bullet and is in stable condition.

The attack happened in the Bronx around 12:30 a.m. While the injured officer's partner radioed for assistance, other officers spotted the suspect running and confronted him. Police say the officers shot and killed the suspect after he drew a revolver on them.

Police identified the suspect as 34-year-old Alexander Bonds.

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6:05 a.m.

Police say a New York City officer who was shot while sitting in her patrol car has died in what they're calling a "clear assassination."

Police Sgt. Brendan Ryan says 48-year-old Officer Miosotis Familia died at a hospital early Wednesday.

Police say other officers shot and killed the suspect after he drew a revolver on them. They say a person believed to be a bystander was struck by a bullet and is in stable condition.

The attack happened in the Bronx around 12:30 a.m. while the officer was sitting in her vehicle with her partner. Her partner radioed for help. Other officers spotted the suspect and began chasing him.

The suspect has been identified as 34-year-old Alexander Bonds.

Ryan says police are unaware of any connection between Bonds and Familia.

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3:30 a.m.

Authorities say a New York police officer has been shot and is in extremely critical condition.

The New York Police Department wrote on Twitter that the officer was shot while in a patrol vehicle with her partner in the Bronx early Wednesday.

While her partner radioed for assistance, other officers confronted the suspect, who was running, one block away. The suspect drew a revolver and the officers fatally shot him.

Police say another person, believed to be a bystander, was also struck by a bullet. The person is in stable condition.

The 12-year veteran officer has been hospitalized at St. Barnabas Hospital in critical condition.

Authorities say the investigation is ongoing.