A whole bunch of New York City cops packed the hallways of the Bronx Legal courtroom as the person accused of opening hearth and injuring two cops in back-to-back incidents over the weekend was arraigned on 27 counts of tried homicide within the first and second diploma, in addition to a number of different fees.
“Bear in mind. … You are at risk,” Police Benevolent Association president Patrick Lynch warned officers at a press convention on Monday. “It’s essential to watch out, however extra importantly, we have to again one another up.”
The suspected gunman, Robert Williams, allegedly ambushed two uniformed police officers who were sitting in a patrol van on Saturday night time, capturing and wounding one officer after a bullet grazed his chin and neck, narrowly lacking his carotid artery. Neither officer returned hearth.
About 12 hours later, police say Williams then opened hearth inside police headquarters on the 41st Precinct within the Bronx on Sunday morning. Through the rampage, he struck a police lieutenant within the higher left arm, who returned hearth however missed. The gunman shot via all of the rounds of a 9 mm handgun earlier than laying on the bottom and surrendering to officers.
Each injured officers within the twin incidents had been launched from the hospital on Sunday and had been greeted by claps and cheers from dozens of fellow officers ready exterior the hospital.
Mayor Invoice de Blasio, who has come below harsh criticism from police officers previously who accuse him of contributing to anti-cop rhetoric within the metropolis, known as the incidents “an try and assassinate cops,” and condemned the acts of violence.
“He is a cop killer,” Lynch decried of Williams on Monday, earlier than persevering with to bash the “elected officers who rushed to the hospital,” after the assaults however “aren’t supporting us frequently.”
“It is not too late to face up on that soapbox and say, ‘My phrases towards cops did injury. My phrases bought into the heads of criminals on the road who thought they had been protected sufficient to attempt to kill cops,” Lynch mentioned, taking purpose at metropolis officers like de Blasio.
Williams, a 45-year-old Bronx resident, has a criminal rap sheet and prior history of violence with police, investigators mentioned. He was paroled in 2017 after an tried homicide conviction in 2002, when he shot a person after which carjacked a lady as he exchanged gunfire with New York Metropolis cops.
Since his parole greater than two years in the past, he has one recorded arrest for which he was already scheduled to look in courtroom, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea informed reporters on Sunday.
Williams was remanded into custody and is being held with out bail.