A 22-year-old NYPD officer was shot and killed in the line of duty in Harlem on Friday night, and a second officer is fighting for his life (CBS2’s Dick Brennan reports). YouTube Tips ⓘ
NYPD police officers responded about 6:15 p.m. Friday, January 21, 2022 to a 911 call reporting a woman having a dispute with her son at an apartment near West 135th Street between Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard and Malcom X Boulevard/Lenox Avenue in Harlem, Manhattan.
When police arrived, the woman and one of her son’s were at the front of the apartment unit. The two police officers walked down a narrow hallway to the rear bedroom where the suspect was located. The suspect then shot the two police officers without warning, according to NYPD.
The suspect, Lashawn Mcneil, 47, was then shot in the arm and head by a third officer, Essig said. The suspect was shot with two rounds by the third officer, according to a police spokesperson. The suspect was listed in critical condition.
A Glock 45 handgun with an extended 40-round magazine was recovered at the scene. The gun was reported stolen in Baltimore in 2017, according to NYPD.
At a news conference at Harlem Hospital, Chief of Detectives James Essig said, “As our first officer approached the bedroom, the door swings open and numerous shots are fired, striking both officers.”
Officer Jason Rivera, 22, was killed, and a second police officer was wound officer, transported to Harlem Hospital New York City, and listed in critical condition at the hospital. The Harlem Hospital Center Emergency Room is located one block east of the shooting scene.
Rivera and the second police officer are the fourth and fifth NYPD officers shot in 2022 with only three weeks into the year. Four of the five shootings that wounded NYPD officers this year happened this past week. The first occurred on New Year’s Day.
“I am struggling to find the words to express the tragedy we are enduring. We’re mourning, and we’re angry.”
— Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell
“I know that all of New York is standing with these officers and their families.”
— New York Gov. Kathy Hochul
“We are not going to live under the gun of dangerous people in New York City.”
— Mayor Eric Adams
“It is our city against the killers. This was not just an attack on three brave officers, this was an attack on the city of New York. And it’s an attack on the children and families of this city.”
— Mayor Eric Adams
Mayor Eric Adams is a former NYPD police captain who took office on January 1, 2022. He ran for mayor on a pledge to combat gun violence.
Mayor Eric Adams speaks out after officer fatally shot in Harlem (Eyewitness News ABC7NY). YouTube Tips ⓘ
Incumbent Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was criticized for failing to respond to rising crime, shootings and murders, was term-limited and ineligible to run for re-election.
Prior to the shooting of the two police officers in one incident Friday, January 21, 2022, there have been three NYPD police officers shot to start the year …
Thursday, January 20, 2022 a police detective was shot on Staten Island as police officers served a warrant for a narcotics investigation;
Tuesday, January 18, 2022, a police officer was shot in the leg in the Bronx during a struggle with an armed suspect; and
Saturday, January 1, 2022 an off-duty officer was shot while sleeping in his car between shifts.
In Harlem, 135th Street remains closed near the crime scene.
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The body of a 22-year-old officer who was shot and killed in Harlem was escorted to the medical examiner’s office Friday night (CBS New York). YouTube Tips ⓘ
NYPD officers gather outside Harlem hospital for procession after deadly shooting one block west of the hospital (CBS New York). YouTube Tips ⓘ
New York City Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell speaks at Harlem Hospital on Friday night. YouTube Tips ⓘ