HARLEM, Manhattan (PIX11) — Lashawn McNeil, the man accused of shooting two NYPD officers in the head Friday evening at his mother’s Harlem home, died from his injuries Monday afternoon, Mayor Eric Adams announced.
McNeil, an ex-con who was on probation for a narcotics conviction, died at Harlem Hospital, two NYPD sources told PIX11 News.
Officer Jason Rivera, a 22-year-old rookie, died soon after McNeil allegedly ambushed the cop and his partner, Wilbert Mora, inside an apartment on West 135th Street Friday evening. The two officers were responding to a domestic incident involving McNeil and his mother, police said.
The NYPD chief of detectives said McNeil shot the officers with a Glock .45, which had a drum-shaped magazine attached that could hold up to 40 bullets. A third officer from the 32nd Precinct, who was at the front of the apartment with McNeil’s mother, shot the 47-year-old as he tried to flee, according to police.
The shooting was the latest in a string of crimes that have unnerved New Yorkers. In the three weeks since Adams took office, a 19-year-old cashier was shot to death as she worked a late-night shift at a Burger King, a woman was pushed to her death in a subway station and a baby girl was shot in the face in the Bronx. With the Harlem shooting Friday night, four police officers had been shot in as many days.
Mayor Eric Adams released a new “blueprint to end gun violence” in New York City. The mayor said his comprehensive plan addresses each cause of gun violence with immediate actions and long-term initiatives.
This story comprises reporting from PIX11’s Lauren Cook and The Associated Press.