Staten Island Advance
Updated July 5, 2017 at 12:42 PM


'Such a painful reality' — Officials react to shooting death of NYPD officer

By Kyle Lawson

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The city's top police officials held a press conference Wednesday at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, where a female officer was pronounced dead of a fatal gunshot wound.

Officer Miosotis Familia, a 12-year member of the department, was reportedly assigned with a partner to a mobile command post when a man fired one round through the window and struck her in the head as she was wrapping up her shift.

A male suspect seen running a block from the incident drew a revolver on uniformed officers, who in return shot and killed the suspect, Police Commissioner James O'Neill told reporters Wednesday.

"Based on what we know right now, it is clear this was an unprovoked attack on police officers who were assigned to keep the people of this great city safe," he said.

Union official Pat Lynch asked the public's help identifying potential threats.

"When you see someone that's making threats, doing something against police officers, you need to let us know," said Lynch, president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association. "You need to be our eyes and ears."

Mayor Bill de Blasio commended the job of officers on July 4, in the hours leading up to the incident.

"The NYPD did an extraordinary job keeping this city safe, and then just as that was ending tragedy struck and it's such a painful reality at just the end of a very, very good thing," the mayor said.

Her partner radioed for help, and officers responded fast, encountering the suspect, 34-year-old Alexander Bonds, about a block away, he said. As they confronted him, he pulled a revolver, and police fired, striking and killing him. A silver revolver was found at the scene. A bystander was hit in the stomach by a bullet during the standoff, and is in stable condition, police said.

Bonds, who also went by the name John Bonds, was sentenced to six years in prison on an armed robbery case in Syracuse and had been released on parole in 2013. His supervision was set to end next May.

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

In a video posted on Facebook in September, the Bronx man ranted about the treatment of civilians by officers and talked about how hard life was behind bars. The photos of Bonds posted on the page match a police mugshot.

"Don't think every brother, cousin, uncle you got that get killed in jail is because of a Blood or Crip or Latin King killing them. Nah, police be killing them and saying that an inmate killed them," he said in the video.

Aside from the police rant, Bonds' Facebook page mostly consisted of inspirational quotes and quizzes.

Law enforcement officials on Staten Island reacted to the death on social media: