Exchange with Suspect Turns Deadly: 2 New York City Cops Shot, 1 Slain


The family of one 22-year-old New York police officer are mourning his loss after events that took place on Friday night.

Jason Rivera, the officer, was killed during a shooting.

According to Fox News, Rivera and his fellow officer — Wilbert Mora, 27 — were both shot during a gunfight in Harlem.

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Mora was critically injured, police sources told Fox News.

At 6:30 p.m. on Friday, the officers responded to a domestic violence call “involving a mother and her son.”

When police entered the apartment, they were met by the mother, who had called police to the scene in the first place.

Following a “brief conversation,” the mother informed the officers that her son was “in the back bedroom.”

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Two of the three officers — Rivera and Mora — headed to the back bedroom while a third stayed at the front of the apartment.

It was then, sources told Fox News, that the son kicked the door open and began firing on the officers, shooting both Rivera and Mora.

The third officer returned fire, striking and injuring the suspect — later identified as Lashawn J. McNeil, 47. Earlier reports said McNiel had also been killed.

Retired Manhattan assistant district attorney Daniel Bibb spoke with Fox News regarding the incident, saying “this is what you get with woke politicians.”

“This is what you get with woke politicians, this is what you get with woke prosecutors, absolute disrespect for the law and disrespect for the police, which results in dead heroes,” Bibb said.

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In memory of Officer Rivera, the NYPD put out a message shortly following the news of his death.

“Tonight, we mourn the loss of a hero officer — a son, husband, and friend,” the NYPD wrote.

“Only 22 years old, Police Officer Jason Rivera was murdered in the line of duty. We vow to #NeverForget Jason as his fellow Finest vow to honor his tremendous legacy of service & the ultimate sacrifice.”

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Michael wrote for a number of entertainment news outlets before joining The Western Journal in 2020 as a staff reporter. He now manages the writing and reporting teams, overseeing the production of commentary, news and original reporting content.
Michael Austin graduated from Iowa State University in 2019. During his time in college, Michael volunteered as a social media influencer for both PragerU and Live Action. After graduation, he went on to work as a freelance journalist for various entertainment news sites before joining The Western Journal in 2020 as a staff reporter.

Since then, Michael has been promoted to the role of Manager of Writing and Reporting. His responsibilities now include managing and directing the production of commentary, news and original reporting content.
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