NYPD cop critically injured in ambush that killed his rookie partner dies of his injuries  1

NYPD cop critically injured in ambush that killed his rookie partner dies of his injuries 

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NYPD officer Wilbert Mora has died four days after he was critically injured in an ambush attack which also killed his rookie partner. 

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The 27-year-old had been hospitalized since being gunned down along with 22-year-old partner Jason Rivera in Harlem on Friday while responding to a domestic violence call. They are the first two officers to be killed by gunfire in the city since 2017. 

Mora needed two surgeries after he was shot in the head and a bullet lodged in his brain, but he could not be saved. He died a NYU Langone Hospital on Tuesday afternoon after being taken off life support. He was placed on life support so that his organs could be harvested for donation, according to the New York Post.

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Career criminal Lashawn McNeil, 47, who was out on probation and carried out the attack, was shot in the head and arm by a third officer responding to the call, Sumit Sulan. He died from his injuries on Monday.

On Tuesday, NYPD Comissioner Keechant Sewell said that Wilbert is ‘three times a hero’. 

‘For choosing a life of service. For sacrificing his life to protect others. For giving life even in death through organ donation. Our heads are bowed and our hearts are heavy,’ she said. 

Jason Rivera, 22

Wilbert Mora, 27

Wilbert Mora, 27, (right) died on Tuesday – four days after the attack. His partner Jason Rivera, 22 (left) was killed in the shooting

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NYPD Commisioner Keechant Sewell announced the passing of NYPD officer Wilbert Mora

NYPD Commisioner Keechant Sewell announced the passing of NYPD officer Wilbert Mora

NYC Mayor Eric Adams, a former NYPD officer, said he would tackle gun violence in the city as he paid tribute to Wilbert Mora

 NYC Mayor Eric Adams, a former NYPD officer, said he would tackle gun violence in the city as he paid tribute to Wilbert Mora

New York City’s new mayor Eric Adams has said that he believes ‘everyone needs to see’ the distressing bodycam footage of the shooting, which has been described as a ‘complete execution’.

‘When we talk about the dangers involved in policing, it tore me apart to see what happened to those officers and what has happened to far too many officers,’ the mayor – who is a former police officer – told 1010 WINS radio on Tuesday. 

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McNeil, who was shot by a third officer, Sumit Sulan, has since succumbed to his injuries and died on Monday

McNeil, who was shot by a third officer, Sumit Sulan, has since succumbed to his injuries and died on Monday

Yesterday, he vowed to end the scourge of gun violence plaguing his city by reviving a disbanded police unit, injecting cash into community projects, and vowing to dismantle weapons trafficking networks. 

‘We are going to do a lot more than pray. We are going to turn our pain into purpose,’ he said in a City Hall press conference on Monday. 

‘We will not surrender our city to the violent few.’

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In a tribute tweet following Mora’s death on Tuesday, Adams, a former NYPD officer wrote: ‘Wilbert Mora was a hero. He served his city, protected his community and gave his life for our safety. Our hearts are heavy. Our city is in mourning. To his family, loved ones, and brothers and sisters in the NYPD: Your city is standing with you today and always.’  

New York Attorney General Letitia James also sent out a statement regarding Mora’s death. 

‘He was a hero until the end. Officer Mora and his partner, Officer Jason Rivera, showed courage in the face of imminent danger to protect New Yorkers,’ James said. 

‘Their bravery exemplified their commitment to protecting the city they loved. Both will forever be remembered as heroes who dedicated their lives to making New York safer and stronger. I pray for strength and ease for their families and loved ones.’ 

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There have been 73 shootings so far this year in the city – an increase of 23.7 percent on last year. A total of 82 people have been shot, up from 67 in the first three weeks of 2021.

On Monday, the mother of the gunman who carried out the attack on the officers, Shirley Sourzes spoke to the New York Post hours before her son’s death, saying: ‘I am deeply sorry.’ 

Sourzes made the call to cops to report her son’s domestic abuse on the night the killing took place.

She now says: ‘If I knew, I never would have made the phone call. I would never have called.’ 

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Police recovered an illegal Glock 45 at the scene, equipped with a 'high capacity magazine.' The drum magazine gives a gun 40 additional rounds, allowing the user to fire a total of 50 rounds

Police recovered an illegal Glock 45 at the scene, equipped with a ‘high capacity magazine.’ The drum magazine gives a gun 40 additional rounds, allowing the user to fire a total of 50 rounds 

NYPD detectives found a loaded AR-15 tucked under the mattress of Lashawn McNeil, 47, who allegedly shot and killed one officer and injured another in Harlem

NYPD detectives found a loaded AR-15 tucked under the mattress of Lashawn McNeil, 47, who allegedly shot and killed one officer and injured another in Harlem

Police officers, clergy and community members held a candlelight vigil at the NYPD 32nd precinct on Monday night

Police officers, clergy and community members held a candlelight vigil at the NYPD 32nd precinct on Monday night

Dominican Officers Organization president NYPD Sergeant Dennis Rodriguez spoke at a vigil in front of the NYPD 32nd precinct in honor of the officers gunned down in Friday's shooting

Dominican Officers Organization president NYPD Sergeant Dennis Rodriguez spoke at a vigil in front of the NYPD 32nd precinct in honor of the officers gunned down in Friday’s shooting

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‘I would like to say to Mr and Mrs (Rivera) that I am deeply sorry. I know that there is not words that I can express. Your pain. Your sorrow.

‘Me and my family are not proud of my son taking of life. There is nothing I can say to heal your sorrow, but God is a comforter. … And I know that he sent your son to do his will. I don’t understand it. It’s not fair. My heart goes out to you and your family.’ 

The career criminal was shot in the head and right arm by Officer Sumit Sulan moments after McNeil ambushed two officers who were responding to a domestic dispute call from McNeil’s mother at her Harlem apartment. 

Sources told the New York Daily News that McNeil argued with his mother, Sourzes, about his veganism. NYPD senior officials told NBC that McNeil had moved in with his Sourzes at her Harlem apartment in November 2021 and had tried to convert his family to share his beliefs.   

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LASHAWN J. MCNEIL’S CRIMINAL RAP SHEET

Lashawn McNeil, 47, was well known to NYPD officers, who were called to his family’s New York City house on a domestic violence claim in August

The felon has had five arrests in three different states between 1998 and 2003

 1998: McNeil was arrested for unlawful possession of a weapon in South Carolina

Records show that the matter was dismissed

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2002: He was arrested for assaulting a police officer in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where he had a registered address 

2003: He was also arrested twice on a felony drug charge and a misdemeanor narcotics charge in Pennsylvania

That same year, he was arrested and convicted of a felony narcotics charge in New York City, which he was still serving probation for 

McNeil was well known to officers, who were last called to the house on a domestic violence call in August.

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He had previously been arrested in New York in 2003 on felony narcotic charges, and was out on probation. He also had four other arrests in two different states.

In 1998, he was arrested in South Carolina for the unlawful possession of a weapon.

In Pennsylvania, where his registered address was, in Allentown, he was arrested in 2002 for assaulting a police officer.

He was also arrested twice in Pennsylvania in 2003 – once on a felony narcotics charge, and once on a misdemeanor narcotics charge.  

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When the three officers arrived at the McNeil house, the mother was in a front room with another son. She said that her threatening son was in the back room, and so Rivera and Mora approached the room along a narrow 30-foot hallway.

The third officer remained with the mother, Sourzes and her other son.

When Rivera and Mora got close, McNeil opened fire, shooting both officers.

McNeil was wielding an illegal Glock 45 equipped with a high capacity 40 round magazine, which allows the pistol to fire 50 rounds.  

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McNeil made a dash for the door, but was shot by the third officer in the right arm and head. 

On Sunday, hundreds of NYPD officers, paramedics and emergency responders gathered in Manhattan to salute Officer Rivera’s casket as it passed by.

His widow, Dominique Luzuriaga, shared several touching tributes to him on Instagram and on Monday, shared a heartfelt letter he had sent her.

‘Dear Dominique, I don’t know where to start. You are my best friend in the whole entire school. I really love you but you never believe me when I say I love you,’ the letter read.

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‘Every night, I always say to myself, how will life be without you…I want you to know that I will always trust you/love you…I want to be married to you…I don’t know if I have told you this but I am in love with [you].’ 

Another letter which appeared to be addressed to Rivera from his widow read: ‘I hope you do good in school and you better not drop out cuz I’ll kick your cake. Lmao Good luck baby! I love you just a little.’ 

Luzuriaga also shared pictures of her and her husband on their prom night, adding that she wished she had taken more pictures with him.   

Rivera's grieving widow shared pictures of her and her husband on their prom night, adding that she wished she had taken more pictures with him

Rivera’s grieving widow shared pictures of her and her husband on their prom night, adding that she wished she had taken more pictures with him

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She also shared the heartfelt letters she and her late husband wrote to each other when they were in high school

She also shared the heartfelt letters she and her late husband wrote to each other when they were in high school

Another letter which appeared to be addressed to Rivera from his widow read: 'I hope you do good in school and you better not drop out cuz I'll kick your cake. Lmao Good luck baby! I love you just a little'

Another letter which appeared to be addressed to Rivera from his widow read: ‘I hope you do good in school and you better not drop out cuz I’ll kick your cake. Lmao Good luck baby! I love you just a little’

 

This is a developing story 

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