NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo directed that flags on all state government buildings in the city be flown at half-staff in honor of the two murdered New York City police officers on Sunday.
“I join with all New Yorkers in mourning the loss of Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos,” Cuomo said. “Like all law enforcement personnel, Officers Liu and Ramos put their lives on the line in order to serve their communities, and it is with great sadness that we mourn their passing after a senseless and deplorable act of violence. My thoughts and prayers go out to the loved ones of these two brave men. We will remember their service with pride and endless gratitude.”
President Barack Obama also personally called Police Commissioner Bill Bratton Sunday to express his condolences and offer support.
“…In their conversation, the President reiterated his call for the American people to reject violence and words that harm, and turn to words that heal – prayer, patient dialogue, and sympathy for the friends and family of the fallen,” White House Spokesperson Eric Schultz said. “The President told Commissioner Bratton that his staff would continue to monitor the situation in New York, and that Administration officials would be working with leaders across the country to echo the same message…”
The officers received a farewell salute as their bodies left Woodhull hospital.
Police say a lone gunman ambushed Officer Rafael Ramos, 40, and Officer Wenjian Liu, 32, on Saturday afternoon outside of the Tompkins Houses, a high crime area.
The cops were on a special crime reduction patrol because of complaints about crime in the neighborhood, CBS2’s Dick Brennan reported.
“He took a shooting stance on the passenger side and fired the weapon, his weapon several times through the front passenger window, striking both officers in the head,” Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said.