Two New York City police officers were shot dead in “execution-style” on Saturday afternoon in a parked patrol car in Brooklyn.
While addressing a press conference on Saturday evening, New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton told the media persons that the two police officials, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, were deliberately targeted.
“They were, quite simply, assassinated, targeted for their uniform and the responsibility they embraced. Both were ambushed and murdered,” Bratton said.
The Police Commissioner also acknowledged that the cops often face danger as part of the “thin blue line between us and anarchy.”
According to Bratton, the attacker approached the vehicles of the officers from the passenger side and started firing at them with his weapon. The police men were shot several times by the attacker.
“The cops never had an opportunity to draw their weapons and were killed with no warning, no provocation,” Bratton said while underlining, “They may have never even seen their assailant, their murderer.”
The suspect, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, fled to a nearby subway station after firing at the police officials. But the 28-year-old attacker was later found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Bratton said that Brinsley had also shot at his former girlfriend earlier on Saturday. The attack had left her with injurious.
During the preliminary investigations, the police said they found no association of Brinsley with any terrorist groups or any other organized entity. Bratton, however, added that the probe is on and is likely to conclude soon.