Police and law enforcement officers experienced a grim weekend as at least five officers either died or suffered injuries in four different incidents across the United States.
As of this writing, law enforcement is still on a manhunt for two suspects who were behind the violence that started on Friday in New York City. This bloodshed went on until Monday morning in Washington D.C. and Texas, according to officials.
An officer was killed while another suffered grave injuries in NYC. Meanwhile, an officer from D.C. was also shot.
Additionally, a corporal in Houston was fatally wounded during a traffic stop. The said officer wasn’t far from the fifth individual, a sheriff’s sergeant, who was the victim of a hit-and-run driver while on an off-duty motorcycle escort, authorities said.
Following the first two police casualties that were reported over the weekend in Texas’ Harris County, Constable Ted Heap said: “We have got to put an end to this.”
Investigations are still ongoing for the said incidents.
Friday; New York City
NYPD officers Jason Rivera, 22, and Wilbert Mora, 27, were two of three cops who responded to a report of domestic violence in Harlem at around 6:30 p.m. The said incident involved a mother and her adult son.
The son, identified as Lashawn McNeil, 27, open-fired on the responding officers, hitting Rivera and MOra. Meanwhile, the third officer fought back, critically injuring McNeil.
Rivera was beyond saving while Mora was trying to hold on to his life.
Tonight, we mourn the loss of a hero officer — a son, husband, and friend. Only 22 years old, Police Officer Jason Rivera was murdered in the line of duty. We vow to #NeverForget Jason as his fellow Finest vow to honor his tremendous legacy of service & the ultimate sacrifice. pic.twitter.com/5zsx45XiM4
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) January 22, 2022
That night, Mayor Eric Adams said: “It is our city against the killers. This was not an attack on three brave officers. This was an attack on the city of New York.”
According to the police, the suspect used a high-capacity magazine with his Glock handgun, both were stolen.
Mora, who had a gunshot wound on his head, was immediately transported from one hospital in NYC to another on Sunday night. He remained in critical condition as of Monday morning.
Sunday; Harris County, Texas and Washington D.C.
On Sunday, two other officers suffered injuries in two different incidents that took place on the opposite ends of the country.
In Texas’ Harris county, a constable was shot and killed while he was at an early morning traffic stop in the Houston area.
Authorities say that Harris County Cpl. Charles Galloway was conducting a traffic stop in southwest Houston at around 12:45 am. There, he was gunned down and left to die, according to police officials.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Corporal Galloway’s family who was gunned down this morning while attempting a traffic stop. May he Rest In Peace. Corporal Galloway was a Harris County Precinct 5 Constable. pic.twitter.com/eLy49PQxdG
— Houston OEM (@HoustonOEM) January 23, 2022
Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said that, according to witnesses, Galloway stopped a white Toyota Avalon. Then, they said the suspect went out of his car and “immediately fired upon the deputy multiple times, striking him, and then drove off.”
According to witnesses, the gunman used an “assault-type” weapon, Finner stated.
“This is senseless. It makes no sense whatsoever,” he also said on Sunday.
On Monday, Finner told reporters that the local district attorney’s office has already filed capital murder charges against the suspect, Oscar Rosales, 51. However, Rosales remains on the loose as of the afternoon. Officials have announced that they’re offering a reward of up to $60,000 for any information that would help lead police to the suspect.
Finner also said that authorities have teamed up with federal, local,, and state law enforcements to find Rosales.
Apart from this, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg also revealed that two of the suspect’s family members were also charged ith tampering with evidence.
— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) January 23, 2022
On the other side of the United States, in Washington D.C., Metropolitan Police Department officers were in the area around 14th St. and Quincy Street at around 9 p.m. According to Police Chief Robert J. Contee III, the officials spotted a man who “appeared to be very suspicious in terms of his behavior.” The said man “fired several shots” and wounded one officer.
1.23.22 Chief Contee provides update to officer involved shooting in the 1400 block of Quincy St NW pic.twitter.com/8uWoUNz7Hi
— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) January 24, 2022
The officer who suffered the gunshot wound was “conscious and breathing” when he was being transported to the hospital. He was believed that he didn’t suffer any life-threatening injuries, according to Fourth District Watch Commander Lieutenant Sayvon Weinfield, who spoke to Fox News Digital on Sunday.
The suspect immediately fled following the incident, and a manhunt was still ongoing as of early Monday afternoon.
Monday Morning; Harris County, Texas
Just before 1 a.m. on Monday, an off-duty sheriff’s sergeant form Harris County was helping a heavy-load vehicle when he was struck by what authorities surmised was an intoxicated driver, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez revealed.
It is with heavy hearts we mourn the loss of @HCSOTexas Sgt. Ramon Gutierrez (45). A veteran of 20 years, has served in our Vehicular Crimes Division for the last 13 years. Our thoughts & prayers go out to his wife, three children, his extended family, colleagues & friends. pic.twitter.com/qvF3xsgXtg
— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) January 24, 2022
Sgt. Ramon Gutierrez was escorting the heavy-load vehicle in the East Sam Houston Parkway North and Tidwell Road area. He got off his motorcycle to block the exit ramp. However, he was struck by a 40-year-old driver who tried to maneuver around his bike. The driver fled the scene but she was later arrested.
Gutierrez, 45, was airlifted to a nearby hospital. However, his life could not be saved.
This incident was reported just less than 24 hours after Galloway was fatally shot around 30 miles away.
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