On Tuesday night much of America was celebrating Independence Day with fireworks, cookout and being surrounded by family members. On a day in which freedom is celebrated, Miosotis Familia was gun down inside her patrol car doing what she loved… Protecting and serving. Familia was known as a good cop around the precinct in which she served. With fireworks going off, Alexander Bonds walked up to the command post where Familia was stationed, and fired a .38 into window straight to her head. Familia at that moment became the first woman police officer killed in NY in the line of duty since the 911 attacks.
After a short police chase and an exchange of shots, Bonds was shot and killed by an officer. A bystander was also struck during the exchange and was listed in stable condition. What originally was a location where Independence Day was being celebrated quickly turned into a crime scene. According to a family member, Bonds was recently released from a Bronx hospital after a break down last month.
Familia is being remembered as being a good policewoman. At 48 years old, she had only been with the police department for 12 years prior to her death. After an unsuccessful attempt at police academy, she went back in her mid 30s and achieved her dream of becoming a police officer. Familia raised 3 children and was care giver for her mother in an apartment just miles from where she was killed. At a time when police officers have a bad reputation, Familia was truly the face of a good cop. In a statement released by NYC Police Commissioner, James O’Neil, “Officer Familia was murdered for her uniform and the responsibility she embraced”.
Funeral services for Familia are scheduled for Tuesday at 10am at World Changers Church in Bronx. There will also be a wake held on Monday evening at church 2-4 and again from 7-9. The precinct in which she served will hold a vigil on Saturday in front of the station.