Officials address public safety outside NYPD headquarters following shootings of police

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Elected officials were joined by business, faith and local leaders Monday outside of NYPD headquarters to address public safety following the Bronx shootings this weekend of police officers.

They said this and other similar incidents just won't stand as they called on the community to come together.

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Police have identified the suspect in the shootings as 45-year-old Robert Williams. They say Williams first fired at a police van in Hunts Point, where two officers were patrolling.

Police say Williams was caught on camera 12 hours later walking into the 41st Precinct Sunday and shooting toward the desk area.

Williams was paroled in 2017 for a 2002 shooting in which he injured a man, carjacked a woman car and engaged in a gun battle with police.

Williams now faces several charges including attempted murder, criminal possession of a weapon and resisting arrest, according to police.

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