Commissioner James P. O’Neill, Chief of the New York Police Department, sadly reports the death of Officer Miosotis Familia.

Officer Familia, 48, was shot and killed as she was seated in a mobile command vehicle near a Fordham Heights intersection in the Bronx. It is an area that has been plagued with gang violence for years. A lone male approached the vehicle and fired one shot through the passenger side window striking Familia in the head in an unprovoked assassination style attack.

Officer Vincent Maher, her partner, radioed for assistance and other nearby officers pursued the suspect. The pursuing officers shot and killed the suspect after he drew his weapon and directed it at them. No other officers were injured by gunfire. However, a citizen suffered a gunshot wound to the stomach. That person is listed in stable condition.

Familia was transported to St. Barnabas Hospital where she died a few hours after the shooting. She served the New York Police Department for 12 years. She was currently assigned to the 46th Precinct and worked as a crime statistics analyst.

Prior to joining the NYPD she was nurse and worked at the New York University Hospital and also worked as a medical assistant with the American Red Cross.

Miosotis Familia is survived by her three children.

Officer Miosotis Familia is gone, but will never be forgotten. EOW: Wednesday, July 5, 2017.

(Graphics courtesy Rose Borisow GrafX)

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