Robert Williams shot two police officers in less than 12 hours. He doesn’t like cops. After brutally shooting one officer in the face, he calmly walked into a police precinct and shot a lieutenant. The assassin kept firing until he ran out of bullets, then simply laid down. He had to be taken to the hospital for the injuries he sustained when they picked him back up. “Let me be very clear, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea emphasizes. “this was an assassination attempt on two New York City officers. This is not a crime gone bad. This is not a liquor store robbery interrupted, this is a premeditated assassination attempt.”
The assassin asked for directions
Officer Paul Stroffolino and his partner patrol the Longwood neighborhood. Around 8:30 p.m. Saturday night, a man casually approached the driver’s side of their marked police van, asking for directions. Suddenly, he pulled out a gun and shot Stroffolino in the face. He kept pulling the trigger.
Two bullets hit the officer, on in the chin and one in the neck, narrowly missing the carotid artery. As soon as he saw the gun, Officer Stroffolino yelled a warning and tried to shift into drive as he was shot. Neither officer was able to return fire but they were able to drive off, as the suspect fled.
The 45-year-old assassin calmly went home to chill out with his family members, who were shocked to see his photo plastered all over the TV screen. Since police were combing the city for him, Williams decided to pay them a visit.
Assault on Precinct 41
Surveillance video shows Williams entering the 41st Precinct, which serves Hunts Point and Longwood, then approach Lieutenant Jose Gautreaux at the front desk. Without any warning, Williams fired multiple rounds at close range, striking Gautreaux in the upper left arm. The lieutenant returned fire and missed.
Williams then went to an adjoining room, opening fire at several uniformed officers and a civilian, before he ran out of bullets. As soon as he was out of ammo, he surrendered, sliding his gun away as he dropped to the floor. “This coward immediately laid down, but only after he ran out of bullets,” Commissioner Shay points out. Police recovered the 9 mm Sig Sauer and will test to see if it matches up with Saturday night’s ambush.
Blame it on liberal policies
President Donald Trump vented his anger with Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Twitter. “I grew up in New York City and, over many years, got to watch how GREAT NYC’s ‘Finest’ are. Now, because of weak leadership at Governor & Mayor, stand away (water thrown at them) regulations, and lack of support, our wonderful NYC police are under assault. Stop this now!”
The Sergeant’s Benevolent Association isn’t happy with the Mayor either. They “declared war” Sunday night.
Mayor DeBlasio, the members of the NYPD are declaring war on you! 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! https://t.co/XyruPraM9T
— SBA (@SBANYPD) February 9, 2020
“Mayor DeBlasio, the members of the NYPD are declaring war on you! 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!”
De Blasio pushed back and actually condemned Antifa style violence. “Anyone who spews hatred at our officers is aiding and abetting this kind of atmosphere, it’s not acceptable. You can protest for whatever you believe in but you cannot vilely attack those who are here to protect us. It creates this kind of dynamic.” Even de Blasio admits, “this was a premeditated assassination attempt.” He also condemned the “premeditated effort to kill.”
The assassin is set to appear in Bronx Criminal Court for his arraignment on Monday. He faces charges of attempted murder, criminal possession of a weapon and resisting arrest. He also has an upcoming hearing for a separate charge. Williams has quite a history. He was convicted in 2002 for attempted murder after he “shot a person, carjacked a woman, crashed that vehicle and then entered into a gunfight with police officers.” Paroled in 2017, he was arrested again which is why he has another hearing.