Police Officer Wilbert Mora and Police Officer Jason Rivera were shot and killed when they responded with a third officer to the report of a domestic dispute 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 Officer Mora 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 bedroom the suspect was in, the suspect opened the door and immediately began to fire at the officers, striking Officer Rivera and Officer Mora. The third officer returned fire, killing the suspect.
Officer Rivera and Officer Mora were transported to Harlem Hospital in grave condition. Officer Rivera succumbed to his wounds a short time later. Officer Mora remained on life support for four days until his organs could be donated.
Officer Mora had served with the New York City Police Department for four years and was assigned to the 32nd Precinct.