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Investigators Seek Motive in Slaying of NYPD Officer

July 07, 2017  | 

Officer Miosotis Familia (Photo: NYPD)
Officer Miosotis Familia (Photo: NYPD)

The man who killed NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia Tuesday night spent the afternoon on the Fourth of July at the home of his sister, Ryan Kearse, in the South Bronx. Though he had been struggling recently with the effects of schizophrenia and depression, Alexander Bonds was having one of his better days, Ms. Kearse said in an interview with the New York Times.

She had hoped he would spend a quiet evening with her, but as night fell and fireworks started to fly, he insisted on joining the celebration.

“I’m going to go out and chill,” she said he told her.

Where he went and what he did over the next several hours is now the subject of intense scrutiny as investigators try to understand what could have motivated him to pull out a Ruger .38 handgun and shoot Familia in the head as she sat in a mobile command post parked at East 183rd Street and Morris Avenue.

Ms. Kearse said she does not know what happened to her brother from the time he left her house, around 5 p.m., to 12:30 a.m., when the fatal shot was fired.

But by about 10 p.m. something had gone wrong. That, police officials say, was when a woman identified as Mr. Bonds’ girlfriend made three 911 calls in quick succession. She described Mr. Bonds, 34, as acting erratically, though not violently.

Crucially, she told the 911 dispatcher that Mr. Bonds did not have a weapon, Robert K. Boyce, the Police Department chief of detectives, told reporters on Thursday.

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MN-BIA P.I. @ 7/20/2017 5:53 PM

One symptom and often a clear sign of an impending schizophrenic crisis is the report of a subject's recent (within hours) onset of erratic behavior which often occurs from the paranoia and onset of acompanying command type hallucinations. Meth use is often a contributing factor to bring on the paranoia. Since the '70's, states abolished long term care facilities at controlled centers and instead, placed schizophrenic patients in cramped apartments with several other mental health impaired, where they would have a case worker check in with them once a day at best or released to their family that too often was ill equipped to manage. How the perp got a gun without his family knowing? That should be the investigative question.

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