Gunman Who Tried Assassinating NYPD Officers Vows To Shoot More If He's Released

Holly Matkin

Robert Williams has been charged with 14 counts of attempted murder for two ambush attacks on NYPD officers.

Bronx, NY – The gunman accused of shooting two New York police officers in separate assassination attempts has vowed to shoot more law enforcement officers once he is released from custody, prosecutors said.

Robert Williams, 44, made the threat on Sunday from the confines of his bed at Lincoln Hospital, where he was recovering from injuries he suffered after he opened fire inside the 41st Precinct station, the New York Post reported.

It was his second attack on police in 12 hours.

“I’m going to shoot one of you when I get out!” the hospitalized gunman told police, according to prosecutors.

Williams also allegedly confessed that he was responsible for the ambushes.

“[He] admitted to both shootings because he was tired of police officers,” prosecutors said, according to WABC.

Williams, who was previously convicted of attempted murder following a 2002 shootout with police, has been charged with 14 counts of attempted murder in connection with the attacks.

The courtroom was packed with approximately 100 New York police officers during his arraignment on Monday, the New York Post reported.

The judge ordered that Williams be held without bail.

At approximately 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Williams approached a marked NYPD van near Fox Street and East 163rd, according to the New York Post.

He asked the two officers for directions then opened fire on them, hitting 31-year-old NYPD Officer Paul Stroffolino in the chin and neck.

His partner, Officer Brian Hanlon, hit the accelerator, allowing them to escape further attack, WNBC reported.

Officer Stroffolino was rushed to a local hospital, and is expected to recover from his wounds.

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said that the bullet narrowly missed the officer’s carotid artery, the New York Post reported.

At approximately 8 a.m. on Sunday, Williams stormed into the 41st Precinct station where the effort to locate him was being coordinated and opened fire, WNBC reported.

He was armed with a 9mm SIG Sauer handgun, according to the New York Post.

NYPD Lieutenant Jose Gautreaux, who was hit in the arm by one of the gunman’s bullets, returned fire during the attack, but the shooter wasn’t hit, WNBC reported.

Williams tossed his gun to the floor and surrendered when he ran out of ammunition, according to the New York Post.

Officer Stroffolino was released from the hospital on Saturday to recover at home, and Lt. Gautreaux was released on Monday.

Crowds of NYPD officers and supporters cheered and applauded the officers as they left the hospital.

“Police are being targeted. The anti cop tone infecting our city & state is causing bloodshed,” the NYPD Sergeant's Benevolent Association (SBA) tweeted shortly after the second attack. “Before any public official sends their thoughts & prayers, they should ask themselves how the language & behavior they've been tolerating has contributed to violence against police.”

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio took to Twitter with his thoughts within hours.

“It was a quiet Sunday morning when bullets started flying inside the 41st Precinct,” the mayor wrote. “Our officers handled it with heroism and extraordinary skill, showing the true caliber of the men and women who serve in the NYPD. Thank God our officers are alive.”

“This was a premeditated assassination attempt against New York’s Finest. It was also an attack on ALL New Yorkers and everything we believe in,” the mayor declared. “This MUST be a city where everyone can live in peace and respect. This individual attempted to destroy that. We will not let him win.”

The SBA subsequently declared “war” on the mayor in a scathing tweet.

“Mayor DeBlasio, the members of the NYPD are declaring war on you!” the message read. “We do not respect you, DO NOT visit us in hospitals. You sold the NYPD to the vile creatures, the 1% who hate cops but vote for you. NYPD cops have been assassinated because of you. This isn’t over, Game on!”

It is unclear how the SBA plans to proceed after making its declaration.

De Blasio’s soft-on-crime policies and growing tensions between the city’s police force and elected officials has been further exacerbated by anti-police protests, WNBC reported.

Officers have been repeatedly doused with water and attacked with bottles, bricks, food and other items for months.

“These things are not unrelated. We had people marching through the streets of New York City recently,” Commissioner Shea said, according to WNBC. “Words matter. And words affect people's behavior.”

Despite his declarations that attacks on police are “not acceptable,” de Blasio has ushered in a slew of polices that critics believe have both “coddled and emboldened criminals.

NYPD Police Benevolent Association (PBA) President Pat Lynch blasted city officials who have repeatedly stood before the community at press conferences to express how “lucky” and miraculous it was that no officers were killed in various attacks.

“Stop relying on luck!” Lynch told reporters. “Some of the same elected officials that were standing at that podium today are talking about how lucky we are…sometimes it’s their words that are causing this!”

“We talk about the protesters that are yelling, ‘we want dead cops,’” he continued. “Those words meant something, and people listen and they try to kill cops. But who’s leading them? Some of the elected officials that stand here today, nodding their heads…are the ones that are leading those crowds…putting the words in those protesters’ mouths. Well, now it’s real.”

Lynch said that the attacks on police shouldn’t come as a surprise.

“We've been warning about this since 2012. We warned about it in 2014 and we were ignored and two cops were killed," told WNBC. "We warned it the other day, and what happened? [In a] twelve-hour time period, we’re here in Lincoln Hospital twice because police officers were almost assassinated.”

Lynch noted that it was the officers’ skills – not luck – that saved them from being killed.

“They weren’t lucky – they were fast!” he said. “That’s not lucky – that’s skill!”

The union leader implored city officials to start supporting police instead of just nodding their heads during press conferences after officers are shot.

“Start backing our police officers. Our elected officials that stand and nod with us, it's time to open your mouth and say 'this must stop,’” Lynch said.

Law enforcement groups have repeatedly voiced concerns about the growing anti-police sentiment throughout the city.

According to Lieutenants Benevolent Association President Lou Turco, Williams is a “career criminal” who has been out on parole for his attempted murder conviction since 2017, the New York Post reported.

In 2018, he was arrested for driving under the influence and resisting arrest, but was released from jail in January of 2019.

He was due back in court on Monday in connection with that parole violation, the New York Post reported.

Williams also recently got out of jail “for a machine gun charge,” an NYPD source told the New York Post.

Williams’ grandmother, 80-year-old Mary Williams, said that her grandson has been “depressed” at times since his 18-year-old son was fatally shot while he and a friend were playing with a gun in 2018.

She said she was “shocked” to learn that Williams had been arrested for attempting to assassinate New York police officers.

“He stayed in the house and sometimes he would go with me to the laundromat or to the store or whatever,” Mary Williams told the New York Post. “He didn’t have no problems with no police lately.”

Comments (39)
BunnyBerigan
BunnyBerigan

If Bathhouse Barry had a son.

No. 1-19
JBoH
JBoH

Wonder if he's eligible for desk appearance or low bail and does he get a free phone or gift card when he gets out?

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

What is wrong with these people?

flybynight
flybynight

Sure is quiet here. That's odd.

Tugquarles
Tugquarles

I’m tired of hood rat thugs so should they be killed based on my opinion? Obviously not but it seems that a cop with a sniper rifle could settle this issue while protecting the police, saving taxpayers a lot of money, and greatly improving society.

judas6
judas6

and this is what happens when our government pays single moms to crap out kids..

Philly215Knorr
Philly215Knorr

This is gonna happen in every Democrat city now. Vote Red back the Blue

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

The usual suspect.

Reired USDOJ
Reired USDOJ

Sounds like NYPD needs to sharpen their skills a bit. The suspect should have never left the building alive.
Blue support 100% !

KTCSon-shine
KTCSon-shine

The hood rat already told them what his next move will be when he gets out. We know a leftist judge and lawyer will let his sorry arse out. And if any are hurt from this filthy scumbag, the PD and the LEO’s family, needs to sue the sleaze bag mayor and Govenor.

Njaz
Njaz

This guy should NEVER be released.
I pray he isn't- EVER!

LEO0301
LEO0301

I'm surprised the judge didn't release him on an ROR. In fact, I thought it was the NY policy to let all but murders to skip out of jail without having to post bond.

Cop Watch
Cop Watch

until the piggy union stops supporting and covering for CRIMINAL COPS, this shit will continue! time for you to clean house, before we the people do!

Raymelson
Raymelson

Well Obama started this war on law enforcement an now the mayor has taken it to a higher level so are we heading back to the old west where the fastest gun wins

Mrs10
Mrs10

Well of course! If he is let out the blood of the next victim will be on the judge to an extent and on the NY legislature for their pro-criminal, anti-police rhetoric and applied "criminal reform" laws that have turned NYC into the movie "The Purge: Innocent Victims Edition". It's not ok. Not in the least.

MamaD79
MamaD79

First of all.......why in GOD'S name was this PIG, released after THIS?: "Williams, who was previously convicted of attempted murder following a 2002 shootout with police, has been charged with 14 counts of attempted murder in connection with the attacks."
This is EXACTLY why maggots like this, continue to wreak havoc, and kill.......especially against our LEO'S! Then he TELLS them what he's going to do when "he gets out!" This POS needs to be fried, and it's a shame the Officer's couldn't have blown his shit away on sight! Stupid ignorant laws they have now (this new BS NY has), let these air stealing, lowlife scum continue to roam the streets, yet to kill again. God bless all of our LEO'S , and the ones that are on this very board, that have to withstand the violent abuse and that have the courage, stamina and the guts to NOT shoot these scumbags, so they can have their "fair" trials! So, what about the Officer that was sitting in his car when this maggot came up and asked for directions and then shot him? Did the Officer have a "fair" chance? Hell no, it's total BS! And "luck", they only wish they had that SKILL! These elected officials are some real clowns!

Viking24
Viking24

Look what 8 years of Barry O. created along with his heroes Trayvon and Freddie.
The MSM loves trash like this.

Terminaters168
Terminaters168

Another 13 percenter


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