NYPD call logs paint a harrowing picture of the final moments of a rookie 22 year-old cop shot dead while responding to a domestic violence callout in Harlem Friday night.
Lashawn J. McNeil, 47, shot rookie officer Officer Jason Rivera and Officer Wilbert Mora, 27, with his .45 Glock on Friday before an unnamed third officer could non-fatally shoot him in the head and arm.
The shooter survived, with the all-caps entry of SHOTS FIRED on the written log providing a harrowing testament of what had just unfolded. Audio of a subsequent 911 call provides further insight into the chaos that unfolded.
But the 911 call placed by McNeil’s mother Shirley Sourzes at 5.09 pm, summoning police to the Harlem apartment where they lived together, gave no indication that the officers would be walking into the deadly situation.
‘HE IS THREATENING TO DO THINGS TO HER,’ read’s the call center’s log entry. ‘HE IS IN THE HOUSE NOW.’
But Sourzes told the dispatcher that no one in the 119 West 135th Street apartment was armed or injured, with the call log reading: ‘FEM HAVING DISPUTE WITH HER SON — NO WPNS —- NO INJS.’
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Jason Rivera (left), 22, who joined the NYPD a little over a year ago, was shot and killed on Friday night and his partner Wilbert Mora, who signed up in 2018, was in critical condition
NYPD dispatch call logs shed light on the events that led to Officer Jason River’s death on Friday. He and his partner, Wilbert Mora, were responding to a domestic dispute
The next 43 entries on the log (pictured) show that police blocked off the street, established a staging area for EMS and arranged blood donations from the injured cops
Lashawn J. McNeil, 47, opened fire on the officers, and was shot in the arm and head. He was undergoing surgery on Friday night. He was out on probation at the time following a New York narcotics arrest, and had four previous arrests in two other states
There were no further entries in the dispatch log for over an hour – until, at 6.21 pm, ‘SHOTS FIRED’ was entered.
When Rivera, Mora and the third officer arrived at the McNeil house, the mother was in a front room with another son. She said that her threatening son was in the back room, and so Rivera and Mora approached the room along a narrow 30-foot hallway.
The third officer remained with the mother and her other son.
When Rivera and Mora got close, McNeil opened fire with a Glock 45 equipped with a high capacity 40 round magazine, shooting both officers.
He made a dash for the door, but was shot by the third officer in the right arm and head.
At 6.22pm, three requests to ‘rush the bus’ – police jargon for an ambulance – were placed within 10 seconds. The ambulance got on the road 21 seconds later.
Then, the next entry at 6.24 pm reads: ‘Level 1 mobilization [at the Harlem apartment] in regards to 3 MOS (members of service) shot.’ But dispatchers quickly advised that only two officers had actually been shot, correcting themselves four seconds later.
Minutes later, at 6.28pm, the officers had arrived at Harlem Hospital.
The next 43 entries on the log show that police blocked off the street, established a staging area for EMS and arranged blood donations from the injured cops. Devastating video from the scene further elucidates the tragic events, showing the officers’ colleagues loading them into the ambulance.
Police officers are pictured on the scene in Harlem, where two officers were shot and one killed
Police officers are pictured on the scene in Harlem, where two officers were shot and one killed
The officers were responding to a domestic violence call on Friday night
Rivera, who had just signed up to join the force in November of 2020, died that night.
Mora had a bullet lodged in his brain, sources told the New York Post. He is still in critical condition after undergoing surgery on Saturday.
And the shooter, McNeil, is alive and hospitalized in critical condition, NYPD spokesperson Lt. John Grimpel said, correcting earlier reports that he had been killed.
He was well known to officers, who were last called to the house on a domestic violence call in August, had previously been arrested in New York in 2003 on felony narcotic charges and was out on probation. He also had four other arrests in two different states.
Police audio reveals the moment the gunfight broke out, with multiple shots heard being fired.
‘Shots fired,’ one says, and sirens can be heard in the background. ‘Cop shot. We need additional units.’
The dispatcher was then desperately asking nearby units to clear the street, and clear a route for the ambulances.
‘Two officers shot,’ another says. ‘We are bringing NYs to the hospital. Have units to back up.’
A police officer stands guard on the corner of the street in Harlem
Officers stand on the steps of the hospital awaiting news of their colleague
The officers were taken to Harlem Hospital.
‘Due to a police incident, avoid the area of West 135 Street between Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd and Malcolm X Blvd. in Manhattan,’ the NYPD said.
‘Use an alternate route when traveling nearby and expect a police presence in the surrounding area.’
McNeil was well known to officers, who were last called to the house on a domestic violence call in August, had previously been arrested in New York in 2003 on felony narcotic charges, and was out on probation. He also had four other arrests in two different states.
Adams was flanked by Patrick Lynch, head of New York’s largest police union, as he spoke
Sources told the New York Daily News that McNeil argued with his mother, Sourzes, about his veganism. NYPD senior officials told NBC that McNeil had moved in with his Sourzes at her Harlem apartment in November 2021 and had tried to convert his family to share his beliefs.
He had shared a controversial music video in 2014 depicting officers getting gunned down and footage of police brutality against black men as two rappers appear holding guns to the head of a stoic white officer as they sing, ‘Time to start kill these coppers.’
The music video, ‘Hands Up’ by Uncle Murda & Maino, was posted as a tribute to Eric Garner, a black man who was choked to death by a white NYPD officer and whose cry, ‘I can’t breathe,’ became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter Movement.
Along with the video, McNeil shared a slew of conspiracy theory posts and videos on his Facebook page, which warned of a coming race war, that McDonalds conducted blood sacrifices, that black people were aliens, and that the UN had established a global army to bring about a new world order. He stopped sharing the conspiracy posts by early 2015.
It was the third incident in less than 72 hours involving NYPD officers getting shot in the line of duty, following an incident in the Bronx late on Tuesday night and another officer shot early Thursday morning on Staten Island.
The officer in the Bronx, Officer Kaseem Pennant, who was shot in the leg while scuffling with a teenage suspect, has already been released from the hospital.
Detective Dominick M. Libretti, shot through the door and hit in the leg while serving a search warrant for drugs in Staten Island, underwent surgery at the hospital, where he was recovering. He was said to be in stable condition, but his injury was serious.
On January 1, Officer Keith Wagenhauser was shot in the head in his patrol car by a stray bullet, while sitting outside a Bronx precinct. He has been released from hospital.
Eric Adams, the mayor of New York – an ex NYPD officer, who only took office three weeks ago – angrily declared at the hospital that the violence must stop.
‘It is our city against the killers,’ he said.
‘This is not just an attack on three brave officers. This was an attack on the city of New York.’
Lynch on January 4 said that he was worried about the new Manhattan District Attorney, Alvin Bragg, and his ‘soft on crime’ policies
The officers’ deaths are the first under Adams, who was elected in part to combat the city’s surging crime, and the first shooting deaths of an NYPD officer since July 2017.
They are the fourth and fifth officers shot so far this year – by comparison, last year, a total of 10 police officers were shot in the entire state of New York.
Patrick Lynch, the president of the Police Benevolent Association, the largest municipal police union in the world representing 50,000 active and retired officers, excoriated the city’s leaders for not doing enough.
Lynch has been highly critical of the new Manhattan District Attorney, Alvin Bragg, who announced on taking office at the beginning of the month that he would not prosecute certain crimes.
Lynch said on January 4 that he had ‘serious concerns about the message these types of policies send to both police officers and criminals on the street.’
On Friday night, he was furious, and pointed the finger firmly at Bragg and his policies.
‘Our hearts are broken, we’re in shock, our knees are buckling,’ he said.
‘And we’re angry, because we’ve been here before.
‘We’re angry, because we saw it coming.
‘We’re angry, because we said it would happen – and it happened again.’
Rivera, who grew up in the Inwood district of Manhattan – five miles from where he was shot and killed – said he wanted to join the New York Police Department to improve community relations, and help people.
‘Coming from an immigrant family, I will be the first to say that I am a member of the NYPD – the greatest police force in the world,’ he wrote on his application form.
‘Growing up in New York City, I knew how impactful my role as a police officer would go in this chaotic city of about 10 million people.
‘I know that something as small as helping a tourist with directions, or helping a couple resolve an issue, would put a smile on someone’s face.’
He also said that, as a child, he saw that ‘the community’s relationship between the police and the community was not great’.
He said his brother was pulled over and searched, and he was confused and upset as to why they were targeted.
He then saw the NYPD trying to reform, and he wanted to be part of the change.
‘This is when I realized that I wanted to be part of the men in blue; better the relationship between the community and the police.’