The serial criminal who shot dead a female NYPD cop in a cold-blooded ambush early Wednesday morning was a paranoid schizophrenic who was ‘off his meds’ in the hours leading up to the shooting, it was claimed Wednesday afternoon.
The girlfriend of Alexander Bonds, 34, told investigators that he was ‘irrational and erratic’ just before he fatally shot Officer Miosotis Familia, 48, after midnight on Wednesday, the New York Post reported.
She also told police that she called 911 three times to report Bonds as they walked around the Bronx on Tuesday evening.
But when police responded to one of the calls, Bonds was nowhere to be found.
‘Every time he saw a cop car go down the block he would go and hide,’ she told law enforcement officials.
Bonds’ girlfriend also says that she tried to have him committed to a local hospital on Saturday, but medical officials discharged him after he noticeably calmed down.
The NYPD has yet to comment on Bonds’ mental state.
Familia was sitting in her marked vehicle when Bonds shot at her through the passenger side window near the intersection of 183rd Street and Grand Concourse in the Bronx just after 12:30am.
Investigators say he used a stolen .38-caliber revolver.
Two officers who were on patrol nearby heard the gunshots and saw Bonds trying to run away.
When Bonds pointed his gun at the officers, they shot him dead, according to police.
An innocent bystander was reportedly also shot in the stomach and is now in stable condition.
Familia, a 12-year veteran of the force and mother of three, later died after being rushed to hospital for surgery.
Bonds was shot dead by other officers as he fled the scene. It was later learned that he had previously posted vulgar anti-police rants on Facebook Live.
He had a history of criminal convictions and made his hatred for police clear in anti-cop messages posted on social media.
In a Facebook Live video in September, Bonds ranted about law officers killing and abusing people and warned them to leave him alone or ‘we gonna do something.’
‘Police is f****ts, and this ain’t no gimmick,’ he said in the video.
‘Don’t think every brother, cousin or uncle you got that get (unintelligible) in jail is because of a Blood or Crip,’ he said. ‘Police be killing and saying an inmate killed them.’
N****s ain’t taking it no more, Mr Officer. I’m here to tell you man. … just keep your a** away from mine.’
Bonds’ criminal record included a 2001 arrest for beating up another NYPD officer with brass knuckles. Four others reportedly joined in assaulting the officer. The outcome of that case is not known.
Bonds was currently on parole for a 2014 robbery in Syracuse. He also had prior arrests for drug violations in 2000 and 2002.
He is said to have had addresses all over the city, in the Bronx, Queens and several homeless shelters, and went by up to six different aliases.
New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill said Familia was ‘assassinated in an unprovoked attack on cops.’
The officer was in a command vehicle with her partner when the shooting occurred.
Familia’s partner frantically radioed for help.
‘Shots fired!’ a panicked officer was heard shouting into his police radio just after shots rang out.
‘I need a f*****g bus! 10-85 10-85! My partner’s shot! My partner’s shot! My partner’s shot! Hurry up central!’
Officers caught up with Bonds about a block away and killed him when he pulled a revolver. A silver revolver was recovered from the scene, police said.
The burst of gunfire as the Fourth of July wound down was initially mistaken by some for fireworks.
Familia was a 12-year veteran of the force who spent her entire career with the department in the high-crime Bronx precinct.
The command post there had been set up and staffed around the clock since a triple shooting in March.
Friends and family held a vigil at sunset just a few yards away from where Familia was gunned down, WPIX-TV reported.
‘Out of everyone I know, this is the last person that deserves something like this,’ said Correction Officer Jay Rodriguez, who spent a year working alongside Familia.
A group of over a dozen strangers embraced on the street at the Bronx vigil Wednesday evening.
‘She was on duty serving this city, protecting people, doing what she believed in and doing the job she loved,’ Mayor Bill de Blasio said earlier on Wednesday.
She had three children, including a set of twins, lived with her mother and worked the midnight shift.
Friends said she became an officer to help her community, and her family was heartbroken.
‘Put it this way: She’d give you the shirt off her back. She was the sweetest person you ever want to meet,’ downstairs neighbor Tom Ritter said.
He said his son, now 22, played with Familia’s children, and she practically ‘adopted’ him.
Even a woman who said her husband had been arrested by Familia had only kind words for the slain officer.
‘She gave me good advice, like a mother to a daughter,’ said Keisha Williams, 31, who said her husband was arrested on a marijuana charge. ‘She’s good, but she’s a tough cookie. She’s a good cop. I’m just sad it was her.’