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Second NYPD Officer Dies From Harlem Shooting

A New York City police officer critically wounded last week in a Harlem shooting that killed his partner has also died of his injuries, said Police Commissioner Commissioner Keechant Sewell , a death that caused “incalculable” grief within the department, the Associated Press reports. Officer Wilbert Mora, 27, was taken off life support four days after a gunman shot him and officer Jason Rivera, 22, as they responded to a domestic disturbance call. Rivera died Friday. Mora had been in critical condition since the shooting.

The two officers were fatally wounded after they were called to a Harlem apartment by a woman who said she needed help with her adult son. Lashawn McNeil threw open a bedroom door and shot the officers as they walked down a narrow hall, authorities said. A third officer, Sumit Sulan, a rookie who was shadowing Mora and Rivera — shot McNeil as he tried to flee. The gunman, 47, died Monday. McNeil’s mother said she was trying to convince her son to get help for mental health issues and that she wouldn’t have called 911 had she known he was going to use violence against the officers. Mora and Rivera were the first NYPD officers killed in the line of duty by a gunman since 2017.


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