Police Officer Jason Rivera was shot and killed when he and two other officers responded to a domestic violence call in an apartment at 119 West 135th Street in Harlem.
When the officers arrived at the apartment about 6:30 pm, they spoke with the suspect’s mother. Officer Rivera and another officer went to the rear of the apartment to interview the suspect while the third officer stayed with the mother. As the officers approached the door to a room the suspect was in, the suspect opened the door and immediately began to fire at the officers, striking Officer Rivera and one of his partners. The third officer returned fire wounding the supsect.
Officer Rivera and the second wounded officer were both transported to Harlem Hospital in grave condition. Officer Rivera succumbed to his wounds a short time later.
Officer Rivera had served with the New York City Police Department for just over one year.