DEVELOPING: Two New York City police officer were shot and killed Saturday after they were shot by a gunman as they sat inside a patrol car.
The attack took place in Brooklyn at around 3 p.m., the New York Daily News reported.
“The perp came out of the houses, walked up behind the car and lit them up,” a high-ranking police official told the Daily News.
An NYPD spokesman confirmed to Fox News that two officers were shot in the incident and were immediately moved to a nearby hospital. Police later told The Associated Press that both officers died from their injuries..
The New York Post reported that both officers were shot in the head at point-blank range.
“It’s an execution,” one law enforcement source told The Post.
The gunman just started “pumping bullets” into the patrol car, another source said.
The suspect then fled to a nearby subway station before he shot and killed himself.
The shooting comes at a time when police in New York and nationwide have been criticized by some over the circumstances surrounding the chokehold death of Eric Garner, a black man who was stopped by police for selling loose, untaxed cigarettes.
Demonstrators around the country have protests since a grand jury decided on Dec. 3 not to indict the officer involved in Garner’s death, a decision that closely followed a Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict a Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Several New York officers were assaulted during demonstrations, including one that drew thousands to the Brooklyn Bridge.
The president of the police officers union, Patrick Lynch, and Mayor Bill de Blasio have been locked in a public battle over treatment of officers following the decision not to indict the officer in Garner’s death. Just days ago, Lynch suggesting police officers sign a petition that demanded the mayor not attend their funerals should they die on the job.
The last shooting death of an NYPD officer came in December 2011, when 22-year veteran Peter Figoski responded to a report of a break-in at a Brooklyn apartment. He was shot in the face and killed by one of the suspects hiding in a side room when officers arrived. The triggerman, Lamont Pride, was convicted of murder and sentenced in 2013 to 45 years to life in prison.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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