Gunman Opens Fire on Bronx Cops in Dual Attacks; Two Officers Wounded

The gun police believed was used in both attacks. Credit: NYPD.

By Kevin Deutsch
kdeutsch@bronxjusticenews.com

A gunman opened fire on NYPD service members during dual attacks in the Bronx, wounding a lieutenant and police officer, authorities said.

The accused shooter, Robert Williams, stormed the 41st Precinct station house on Longwood Avenue about 8 a.m. Sunday, emptying his clip inside and wounding Lt. Jose Gautreaux in his left arm, a police official said.

After running out of bullets, Williams dropped to the precinct floor and surrendered.

The attack happened hours after the same gunman is believed to have ambushed two police officers in an NYPD van parked on Simpson Street, blocks from the station house.

Williams allegedly shot up the police vehicle, which had its emergency lights activated, shortly before 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

An officer in the van was shot in the neck and chin, police said.

After that shooting, Williams allegedly fled the scene and wasn’t spotted again until he entered the 41st precinct station house, gun blazing, authorities said.

Both cops wounded in the attacks are expected to survive.

Williams has a history of gun violence, police said.

He was convicted of attempted murder in 2002 for a shooting and carjacking incident, after which he exchanged gunfire with police, authorities said.

He was released from prison on parole in 2017.

Police said the investigation is continuing, and Williams had not yet been criminally charged as of Sunday afternoon.

A motive for the shootings was not immediately clear.

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Kevin Deutsch is a Staff Writer for Bronx Justice News covering the criminal justice system, incarceration, and DNA use by law enforcement. An award-winning journalist, Deutsch is the author of the true crime books "Pill City" and "The Triangle." He has worked on staff at the Daily News, Miami Herald, Newsday, The Palm Beach Post, and The Riverdale Press. His work has also appeared in Newsweek, Columbia Journalism Review, The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Forward, The Independent, Huffington Post, Orlando Sentinel, and the New York Post, among other publications. His numerous television appearances include spots on CNN, MSNBC, and C-SPAN's BookTV. He has also been interviewed about his work by prestigious publications like The New Yorker. A Bronx resident, Deutsch hosts the true crime podcast "A Dark Turn" on the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network.