Robert Williams Biography, Robert Williams Wiki
Robert Williams is a paroled attempted murderer, was named as the suspect accused of trying to assassinate two New York City police officers as they sat in a marked police van, according to NBC New York.
NEW: #Bronx cop shooter identified as Robert Williams. LE sources tell @jonathan4ny & @MarcSantia4NY Williams previously arrested on murder charges in 1992 and 2002 #nbc4ny #NYPD https://t.co/2VRLkU7zPe pic.twitter.com/cZShLBMtmY
— Steven Bognar (@Bogs4NY) February 9, 2020
NYPD Shooting Suspect Robert Williams
Police have not identified the suspect, and another New York news site earlier gave a different name for him before deleting it without explanation. However, NBC New York says he is Williams based on a law enforcement source:
Just hours after the first shooting, a man walked into the 41st Precinct building in the Bronx around 8 a.m. and opened fire, shooting a second police officer. Police are investigating whether the shootings are related; the second officer, a female lieutenant shot in the arm, is also expected to recover, according to ABC 7. The New York Post reported through law enforcement sources that authorities think the same gunman did both shootings, but police have not confirmed or denied that.
Robert Williams Arrested
The @nypd is asking for the public’s assistance identifying the male depicted in these photos for questioning in regard to the shooting of a NYPD Police Officer in the area of Simpson Street and Barreto Street in the Bronx. pic.twitter.com/HeI5fOovfO
— Chief Rodney Harrison (@NYPDDetectives) February 9, 2020
The suspect is in custody. Dramatic surveillance video emerged from the second shooting, which you can watch here.
HORRIFYING VIDEO, shows the ambush on NYPD cops in the Bronx. pic.twitter.com/V6OKapfqh2
— New York City Alerts (@NYCityAlerts) February 9, 2020
Dramatic surveillance videos captured the scene of the first police officer shooting (see above) and also the second, which occurred inside the precinct. This video shows the chaos after the second shooting erupted:
— Real Buffing News (@Realbuffingnews) February 9, 2020
NBC New York reported that, after shooting an officer, the suspect put the gun on the ground and surrendered.
Robert Williams Criminal History
According to NBC New York managing editor Steve Bognar, Williams was “previously arrested on murder charges in 1992 and 2002.” NBC New York reported, via a source, that Williams “was paroled in 2017 after an attempted murder conviction.”
A senior police official identified the alleged gunman as Robert Williams. According to the official, Williams was paroled in 2017 after an attempted murder conviction. https://t.co/5SC6r6Z6gU
— NECN (@NECN) February 9, 2020
The New York Post, which is also now naming Williams as the suspect, reported that has a record including arrests for “homicide and gun possession,” and “just got out for a machine gun charge.”
Police believe the suspect asked for directions before suddenly opening fire and shooting at the police officers in the first incident.
Commissioner Shea said that uniformed police officers sitting in the marked police van with its emergency lights activated were in the 41st precinct “to keep residents safe because of recent drug activity as well as violence in the area.”
He added that they were “shot by a man who first engaged the officer and his partner in conversation” and they were “assigned to the drug prone area…recently because of the violence, shots fired in the area.”
Around 8:28 p.m. on February 8, a male approached the two officers sitting in the marked van. asking them for directions and pulling out a gun “without provocation,” said Shea.