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Gunman ambushes NYC police twice in 12 hours, spawns outrage

Published:Monday | February 10, 2020 | 9:36 AM
New York City police officers work the scene of a police-involved shooting outside the 41st precinct Sunday, February 9, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

NEW YORK (AP) — A gunman was arrested after he ambushed police officers in the Bronx twice in 12 hours, authorities said, wounding two in attacks that brought outrage from officials who blamed the violence on an atmosphere of anti-police rhetoric.

Robert Williams, 45, of the Bronx, was captured after he walked into a police station in the Bronx and started shooting shortly before 8:00 a.m. Sunday, police said.

His shots struck a lieutenant in the arm and narrowly missed other police personnel before he ran out of bullets, lay down and tossed his pistol, officials said.

That attack came just hours after Williams approached a patrol van in the same part of the Bronx and fired at two officers inside, wounding one before escaping on foot, police said.

All of those shot are expected to recover, authorities said.

“It is only by the grace of God and the heroic actions of those inside the building that took him into custody that we are not talking about police officers murdered inside a New York City police precinct,” Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said at a news conference.

Williams is being charged with attempted murder, criminal weapon possession and resisting arrest, police said in an email late Sunday identifying him as the suspect.

He was hospitalised Sunday evening, the Bronx prosecutor’s office said.

It wasn’t clear whether he had an attorney to speak for him.

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