Two police officers have been shot and killed in the Harlem district of New York City.
Wilbert Mora, who joined the NYPD in 2018 and Jason Rivera, who signed up a little over a year ago, in November 2020, have been pronounced dead.
The pair were responding to a domestic violence call at around 5:10pm involving a mother and a son on West 135th Street.
The gunman also died.
The officers’ deaths are the first under Mayor Eric Adams, a former NYPD officer, who was elected in part to combat the city’s surging crime. Adams was on his way to the hospital, his spokesman said.
They are the fourth and fifth officers shot so far this year – by comparison, last year, a total of 10 police officers were shot in the entire state of New York, NBC reported.
Police say the suspect was in a back room when officers engaged him.
One of the officers was struck in the face by gunfire, law-enforcement sources told The New York Post.
The officers were taken to Harlem Hospital.
‘Due to a police incident, avoid the area of West 135 Street between Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd and Malcolm X Blvd. in Manhattan,’ the NYPD said.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Harriet Alexander