Lashawn McNeil, 47, allegedly shot Officer Jason Rivera, 22 and his partner Officer Wilbert Mora, 27, in an apartment in Harlem after the officers had responded to a domestic dispute call.
When officers arrived at the apartment, McNeil’s mother and other son told them he was in a back bedroom, according to authorities. The officers were then allegedly ambushed by McNeil when he kicked open the bedroom door and started firing.
Rivera was pronounced dead at a hospital and Mora was in critical condition. McNeil was also hospitalized in critical condition after a third officer shot him twice as he tried to flee, authorities said.
McNeil was on probation for a 2003 felony narcotics conviction in New York City, NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig said in a late-night news conference from Harlem Hospital.
Arrests in other states
McNeil also has four arrests outside of New York: one in South Carolina for unlawful possession of a weapon in 1998; another in Pennsylvania for allegedly assaulting a police officer in 2002; and a third, also in Pennsylvania, on a felony drug charge and misdemeanor narcotics charge in 2003, Essig said.
McNeil’s South Carolina arrest was later dismissed, the New York Post reported. Essig didn’t say if any of the Pennsylvania arrests resulted in convictions.
Officers recovered a .45-caliber Glock handgun with a high-capacity magazine that was stolen in Baltimore in 2017 at the scene. It wasn’t clear how the gun came into McNeil’s hands, Essig said. The investigation is ongoing.