The New York police officer who was shot and killed early Wednesday while sitting in a marked truck in the Bronx is being remembered as a "jovial" and loving mother of three.
Miosotis Familia, 48, was a 12-year veteran of the force who worked in the 46th Precinct. She was with her partner when she was "assassinated in an unprovoked attack on cops," said James O'Neill, the New York police commissioner. The suspect, 34-year-old Alexander Bonds, allegedly shot through the window of the truck, and then took off. Officers found Bonds running a block away from the shooting, and he drew a gun when confronted; he was then shot and killed by police, O'Neill said. A silver revolver found at the scene, CNN reports, had been stolen four years ago in Charleston, West Virginia.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio praised Familia's fellow officers for quickly coming to her aid after she was shot "serving this city, protecting people, doing what she believed in, and doing the job she loved." Friend Isabel Roman told CNN that Familia was a "very jovial, happy person," and devoted to her children — 12-year-old twins and a 20-year-old — while brother-in-law Carlos Corporan called her an "excellent" person, adding that the family was "completely devastated" by her death.