2 New York Police Officers Killed, Suspect Dead

Two New York police officers were killed in their squad car on Saturday afternoon and the suspected killer is also dead.

The officers Wenjin Liu and Rafael Ramos were “shot and killed with no warning, no provocation,” New York Police Commissioner William Bratton said. “They were quite simply assassinated.”

An official source claimed they were both shot in the head.

The police deaths in Brooklyn follow weeks of protests throughout the country. The demonstrations come after two grand jury decisions in which white police officers who were involved in the deaths of two unarmed black men were not indicted.

The New York police officers who were killed were normally assigned to downtown Brooklyn. They were shot while working a “critical response” detail in an area with higher crime.

Shortly before 3 p.m. a man approached the police car on the passenger side. Bratton said he took a “shooter’s stance” and opened fire.

The suspect fled the scene and hid in a nearby subway station. The man shot himself and died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

A police spokesman identified the shooter as Ismayyil Brinsley, a 28-year-old man. Police also recovered his weapon.

It remains unclear if the shooter committed the acts of violence in relation to the Garner and Brown decisions. Police are investigating a post that he allegedly made on social media that could indicate it was. Residents of the area are split on whether the shootings were politically motivated or the man was mentally unstable.

However, the Rev. Al Sharpton said he was outraged by the officers’ killings if they were related to Garner and Brown.

In a statement Sharpton said, “Any use of the names of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, in connection with any violence or killing of police, is reprehensible and against the pursuit of justice in both cases.”

Other civil rights leaders have condemned the shootings as well if there proves to be a connection to the grand jury decisions.

Until the two New York police officers who were killed on Saturday, no NYPD officer had been fatally shot since December 2011.

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