Police in Owings Mills, Maryland warned New York authorities on Saturday to be on the lookout for a shooting suspect — but that message was received just minutes before that suspect gunned down two NYPD officers, officials said.
Baltimore County Police said Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, shot a woman in the stomach in their city earlier on Saturday. The force said it became aware of threatening social media posts believed to be from the suspect and which appeared to indicate the suspect had traveled to Brooklyn, prompting a phone call to New York police to discuss the suspect.
Baltimore County Police faxed a “WANTED” poster about the suspect to New York City police at around 2:45 p.m. on Saturday — just before Brinsley allegedly walked up to officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos as they sat in their car and opened fire, shooting both in the head. Brinsley later killed himself.
“The tragedy here is just as the warning was coming in, the murder was occurring,” Bratton told reporters. He said the woman shot in Baltimore was Brinsley’s ex-girlfriend.
— Ketan Vora (@KetanVora4) December 22, 2014
The Baltimore and NY police departments communicated via phone and fax. Also carrier pigeons, telegraph, and smoke signals.
— Harold Itzkowitz (@HaroldItz) December 21, 2014
I’m stuck on statement by Baltimore PD saying they sent a fax notice to #NYPD about shooter. A FAX? To who, Barney Miller? Is this the 80s?
— Jeff Johnson (@echo5juliet) December 21, 2014
and the ridicule kept coming…
"Amazing – incompetent, but amazing. It would be like sending a telegram from Washington DC to Pearl…" — Bill Adkins http://t.co/3oMmBEmJMH
— Bill Adkins (@BillAdkinsKY) December 22, 2014
[When man who murdered cops just arrived in NYC] "Baltimore police were contacting New York City police, by fax" http://t.co/mCuoIuRblk
— Seth L. Sanders (@SethLSanders) December 22, 2014
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