A rookie New York City police officer was fatally shot Sunday evening, just one month after beginning work on the force.
Alastasia Bryan was ambushed while sitting in her car in Brooklyn, just before heading to work. Ms. Bryan was 25 years old.
Around 9:00 PM a man in a nearby vehicle appeared to intentionally target the victim when he exited his car, approached her car, and began to shoot, firing five rounds which killed the off-duty officer.
Five bullet holes adorned the driver’s side window, where Ms. Bryan sat. When the shots rang out, the victim’s mother ran outside instantaneously, knowing her daughter had just left to begin her shift at Anna M. Kross Center on Rikers Island. Her daughter was dead when she arrived at the street. The shooting took place at Avenue L and 73rd Street in Brooklyn.
Ms. Bryan was the youngest of five children. A driven young woman, she had just graduated from the city Correction Academy one month earlier. The young officer was making a phone call when shot in her car. The shooter then re-entered his own vehicle and sped away.
Many onlookers were overcome with shock and grief, weeping inconsolably, according to Daily News.
In a statement, the president of the Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association, Elias Husamudeen, reassured the public they would do everything possible to find and prosecute Bryan’s shooter.
“There are no words that can express the depth of this tragedy,” he said. “The COBA will do everything we can to support the officer’s family during this time and we will not rest until the assailant or assailants are brought to justice.”
— Dan Mannarino (@DanMannarino) December 5, 2016
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