Neighbors of slain officer devastated as community mourns

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  • NYPD officer shot to death in ‘clear assassination’

    NYPD officer shot to death in ‘clear assassination’

    Wednesday, July 5 2017 10:03 PM EDT2017-07-06 02:03:59 GMT

    New York City police say a gunman ambushed and killed an officer in what the police commissioner called a "clear assassination" before backup arrived and shot the attacker dead.

    New York City police say a gunman ambushed and killed an officer in what the police commissioner called a "clear assassination" before backup arrived and shot the attacker dead.

THE BRONX -

The scene outside Miosotis Familia's Sedgwick Avenue home was somber Wednesday, as neighbors and friends gathered in disbelief over the slaying of the 12-year NYPD veteran.

The officer was fatally shot in an ambush-style attack around 12:30 a.m. while sitting inside of her command vehicle on Morris Avenue and East 183rd Street.

Police say the man accused of shooting her, 34-year-old Alexander Bonds, was also shot and killed by police during a gunfight shortly after the incident.

Bonds was out on parole following a burglary in Syracuse, according to officials.

Familia, 48, was a Bronx native and leaves behind several children.

Her neighbors were at a loss for words outside her apartment.

The Police Benevolent Association released a statement on the brutal attack. "Officer Familia gave her life protecting a neighborhood plagued by gang violence," the statement read.

Officers stood guard outside the residence for some time as police continued their investigation.    

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