Brooklyn Cops Gunned Down in the Streets

Rafael Ramos and his partner Wenjian Liu were ambushed and killed while on duty in their patrol car.
2:59 | 12/21/14

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Let's get right to the latest on the chilling execution of two New York City police officers. Yeah, the senseless killings come at a time when there is a bitter rift between police and activists who have been protesting what they say is police brutality. We start our team coverage with ABC's linsey Davis at the scene in Brooklyn. Good morning, linsey. Reporter: Good morning, Paula. Police are calling it murder even though the suspect in this case will never have his day in court. It happened right here, two police officers sitting in their patrol car who likely never even saw their attacker coming. Overnight New York police department officials calling this Brooklyn crime scene the site of an ambush and execution of two of its officers. They were quite simply assassinated. Targeted for their uniform. Reporter: According to the NYPD, officers wenjin liu and Raphael Ramos were on their lunch break sitting inside their marked patrol car when 28-year-old ismaaiyl brinsley appeared on the sidewalk, walked up to their vehicle gun in hand and opened fire. Shots fired. Shots fired. Reporter: Striking both officers in the head at point-blank range. S.w.a.t. Teams surging to the flee chasing brinsley to a nearby subway station still armed with his semiautomatic handgun. Capturing the moment when passengers dropped to the ground in fear. Get on the floor. Reporter: As the police close in, officials say brinsley shoots himself in the head. One perp is shot. Reporter: Brinsley rushed into an ambulance to the same Brooklyn officer as the two officers he shot where all three were pronounced dead. Aended a nine-hour interstate shooting spree that began outside of Baltimore 200 miles away around 5:45 Saturday morning. Brinsley allegedly shot and wounded his ex-girlfriend in her apartment, escaping before police arrived. At about 2:10 pings from brinsley's phone led Baltimore county police to discover he had made it all the way to Brooklyn, New York. The department says it called New York police to warn them of threats brinsley made online. That morning never made it to these two officers shot execution style just over 30 minutes later. In that parents of officers liu, the woman he recently marry ed, we met the wife of officer Ramos, we met his 13-year-old son who couldn't comprehend what had happened to his father. Reporter: This morning two police agencies say New York mayor has blood on his hands. Nypd officers even turned their backs as the mayor walked into last night's press conference and former New York governor George Pataki tweeted these acts are predictable outcome of divisive anti-cop rhetoric and then he put the hashtags for the attorney general and mayor de Blasio. Thanks so much. Now to more on those

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