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New York Police Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu Shot and Killed in Ambush

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Police Officer Rafael Ramos and Police Officer Wenjian Liu were shot and killed from ambush while sitting in their patrol car at the intersection of Myrtle Avenue and Thompkins Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant. (story continued below video)

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Both officers were participating in an anti-terrorism drill when a Ismaaiyl Brinsley walked up their patrol car and opened fire with a handgun, striking them both in the head and upper body multiple times. Other officers immediately pursued the the subject into a nearby subway station where the man committed suicide.

Brinsley was a gang member from Baltimore, Maryland, who had traveled to New York City specifically to ambush police officers. The man had published his intentions on social media prior to the shooting.

Brinsley was a fugitive who had just shot his girlfriend in Baltimore Saturday morning.

He was later found dead by suicide.
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