Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Gunman in NYC Kills 2 Police Officers in Car, Then Himself; Suspect Said He Would Shoot 2 'Pigs' over Chokehold Death

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Gunman in NYC Kills 2 Police Officers in Car, Then Himself; Suspect Said He Would Shoot 2 'Pigs' over Chokehold Death

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NEW YORK * A gunman who announced online that he was planning to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner ambushed two officers in a patrol car and shot them to death in broad daylight Saturday before running to a subway station and killing himself, authorities said.

The suspect, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, wrote on an Instagram account: "I'm putting wings on pigs today. They take 1 of ours, let's take 2 of theirs," officials said. He used the hashtags "Shootthepolice," "RIPErivGardner (sic)" and "RIPMikeBrown."

Police said he approached the passenger window of a marked police car and opened fire, striking Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu in the head.

"They were, quite simply, assassinated targeted for their uniform," said Police Commissioner William Bratton, who looked pale and shaken at a hospital news conference.

Brinsley took off running as officers pursued him to a nearby subway station, where he shot himself in the head. A silver handgun was recovered at the scene, Bratton said.

"This may be my final post," Brinsley wrote in the Instagram post, which included an image of a silver handgun.

Benjamin Crump, attorney for the family of Michael Brown, posted on Twitter Saturday night: "The family of Michael Brown condemns today's senseless killing of two NYPD officers. We reject any kind of violence directed toward members of law enforcement. It cannot be tolerated. We must work together to bring peace to our communities. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the officers' families during this incredibly difficult time."

The Rev. Al Sharpton said Garner's family had no connection to the suspect and denounced the violence. "Any use of the names of Eric Garner and Michael Brown in connection with any violence or killing of police is reprehensible and against the pursuit of justice in both cases," Sharpton said. …

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