27-year-old NYPD officer Wilbert Mora succumbed to his injuries from last week’s fatal shooting in Harlem. It was last Friday that a trio of cops answered a domestic disturbance call at an apartment complex. It was there the situation turned deadly.
Mora's colleague, 22-year-old Jason Rivera, was pronounced dead that night. On Tuesday, the decision was made to take Mora off of life support.
"The 27-year-old joined the department in 2018, the same year he graduated from CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a bachelor’s degree. He had 35 arrests on his record and aspirations to become a sergeant," wrote the local CBS station about the young officer's law enforcement career.
"He was so certain about becoming a police officer — a good police officer — and he was looking forward to taking the next step for a police career," said professor Irina Zakirova, who had Mora as a student.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams released a statement following the news:
"Wilbert Mora was a hero. He served his city, protected his community and gave his life for our safety. Our hearts are heavy. Our city is in mourning. To his family, loved ones, and brothers and sisters in the NYPD: Your city is standing with you today and always," the mayor tweeted Tuesday afternoon.
The angle that Adams first took in reaction to the ambush was blaming gun violence for causing the deaths of (now two) NYPD members. The gun used in the shooting incident was a modified handgun stolen from Baltimore in 2017. But officials found an "assault rifle" under the suspect's mattress after the fact.
Career criminal Lashawn McNeil died from his injuries Monday that he took from attacking the cops. As summarized by the Associated Press, rookie officer Sumit Sulan managed to incapacitate McNeil while he attempted to flee from the scene.
It was also on Monday that the White House admitted to a link between an increased rate of crime and taking funds away from police departments.
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