Man Who Shot Up 41st Precinct Indicted: Prosecutors

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

By Sasha Gonzales
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A Bronx man was indicted on multiple counts of attempted murder Wednesday for allegedly carrying out two ambush attacks on police in the 41st Precinct last month, authorities said.

Robert Williams, 45, is accused of shooting at two NYPD Officers inside a marked van, wounding one, and later opening fire inside the 41st Precinct stationhouse, targeting police officers and a civilian, according to the Bronx District Attorney’s Office.

Williams, of 1135 Evergreen Avenue, was arraigned Wednesday on 11 counts of first-degree attempted murder, 12 counts of second-degree attempted murder, and related charges.

According to prosecutors, Williams carried out his first ambush on cops Feb. 8 about 8:30 p.m., walking up to an unmarked police van outside 906 Simpson Street and briefly engaging in conversation with NYPD Officers Paul Stroffolino and Brian Hanlon before opening fire.

Stroffolino was wounded but is recovering, police said.

The cops managed to drive off after the shooting, and Williams fled the scene.

The next day, Williams walked into the 41st Precinct stationhouse about 7:45 a.m. and allegedly opened fire again, shooting Lieutenant Jose Gatreaux in his right arm.

The NYPD service member was treated for his wound and is recovering, prosecutors said.

Williams shot at others cops, missing them all before surrendering, authorities said.

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