A second police officer who was shot on Friday in New York City while responding to a domestic violence call has died, the city’s police commissioner said on Tuesday.
Keechant Sewell called officer Wilbert Mora, 27, “three times a hero” as she announced his death.
His death followed the death on Friday of fellow officer Jason Rivera, 22.
They were shot when they and a third officer responded to a call about a domestic disturbance in Harlem.
Sewell described Wilbert as a hero: “For choosing a life of service. For sacrificing his life to protect others. For giving life even in death through organ donation.”
Mora’s death came one day after the death of the suspected gunman, LaShawn McNeil, 47, police said.
Rivera, Mora and the third police officer, a rookie, responded to a 911 call in Harlem by a woman who said she was having a fight with one of her sons.
Shortly after police arrived, Rivera and Mora were fired upon in a narrow hallway by the woman’s adult son. The rookie officer shot the suspect.
Mayor Eric Adams, who took office at the start of the new year and is a former police captain, is contending with a spike in violent crime.
Adams was elected after putting public safety at the center of his campaign, promising to usher in policies to quickly quell the violence.
On Monday, Adams unveiled a plan to end gun violence, promising to increase the number of police officers in New York’s most violence-plagued communities.
Rivera and Mora are among four New York City police officers shot over the past six days.
On Thursday, an officer was shot in the leg after a man fired through the door of a home that was being searched for drugs. On Tuesday an officer was also shot in the leg as he scuffled with an armed teenager. Neither shooting was fatal.