Suspect who ambushed, shot two NYPD officers, killing one, has long rap sheet, was out on probation

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The suspect, Lashawn McNeil, who shot and killed one NYPD officer in Harlem during a domestic disturbance call while critically wounding another Friday night, has a long rap sheet and was unbelievably out on probation at the time of the incident.

McNeil, 47, allegedly killed Officer Jason Rivera, 22 in cold blood and severely wounded his partner Officer Wilbert Mora, 27, after they responded to a domestic disturbance call at an apartment in Harlem. The suspect was reportedly fighting with his mother, Nadine McNeil, who was formerly a captain in the corrections department in the Bronx, according to the Daily Mail.

The mother called the police because the suspect had allegedly become violent and threatening. When officers arrived she told them that he was in a back bedroom. Police had previously been called to the home before in August.

The officers were reportedly ambushed when they approached the bedroom which was down a “very tight” hallway about 30 feet long. McNeil kicked open the door and started firing at the officers.

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The suspect was shot twice, once in the head and once in the arm, by a third police officer as he tried to flee the scene of the murder according to authorities. He is reportedly in critical condition.

“As the perpetrator attempted to exit, he is confronted by our third officer, who fires two rounds striking him in the right arm and the head,” NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig recounted at a press conference.

Rivera never stood a chance and was pronounced dead at the hospital. Mora is in critical condition and family and officers are holding a vigil at his bedside.

“Tonight, we mourn the loss of a hero officer — a son, husband, and friend. Only 22 years old, Police Officer Jason Rivera was murdered in the line of duty,” the NYPD wrote in a tweet announcing his death. “We vow to #NeverForget Jason as his fellow Finest vow to honor his tremendous legacy of service & the ultimate sacrifice.”

Rivera joined the force just last year. Mora has been with the NYPD for four years.

It turns out that McNeil was on probation for a 2003 felony narcotics conviction in New York City. Essig reported that fact in a late-night news conference from Harlem Hospital insinuating that it was Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s woke policies that focused on not charging criminals for certain crimes that were to blame for the incident.

The suspect had four arrests under his belt. One occurred in South Carolina for unlawful possession of a weapon in 1998. Another took place in Pennsylvania for allegedly assaulting a police officer in 2002. Two others took place in Pennsylvania and involved a felony drug charge and misdemeanor narcotics charge in 2003, according to Essig.

The New York Post is reporting that the South Carolina charge was dismissed and it is not known if McNeil was convicted on the other charges.

Officers recovered the murder weapon, a .45-caliber Glock handgun with a high-capacity magazine, at the scene. It was reportedly stolen in Baltimore in 2017.

Newly elected Mayor Eric Adams, who is a former NYPD officer, angrily declared at the Harlem hospital that the violence must stop. However, he seemed to blame guns for the shooting, not the rampaging crime besieging the city.

“It is our city against the killers,” he declared. “This is not just an attack on three brave officers. This was an attack on the city of New York.”

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Patrick Lynch, the president of the Police Benevolent Association which represents 50,000 active and retired officers, slammed the city’s leaders for not doing enough.

Lynch has been highly critical of the new Manhattan District Attorney, Alvin Bragg, who announced that he would no longer prosecute certain crimes.

Lynch remarked on January 4 that he had “serious concerns about the message these types of policies send to both police officers and criminals on the street.”

He was enraged at the shooting and blamed Bragg and his policies for it.

“Our hearts are broken, we’re in shock, our knees are buckling,” he commented. “And we’re angry because we’ve been here before. We’re angry because we saw it coming. We’re angry because we said it would happen – and it happened again.”

It was the third incident in less than 72 hours involving the shooting of NYPD officers.


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