New York City police, firefighters, emergency responders and ordinary citizens lined the streets they call home Saturday night as they mourned the death of two of their own: Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu.
Mourners stand at attention as the bodies of two fallen NYPD police officers are transported from Woodhull Medical Center, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in New York. An armed man walked up to two New York Police Department officers sitting inside a patrol car and opened fire Saturday afternoon, killing both officers before running into a nearby subway station and committing suicide, police said. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Ramos and Liu were shot dead while sitting in their patrol car in broad daylight on Saturday, ambushed by 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who then reportedly turned his gun on himself.
"I'm putting wings on pigs today," Brinsely wrote on Instagram shortly before the shooting, city officials reported. "They take 1 of ours, let's take 2 of theirs."
Ramos and Liu were shot in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn.
"They were, quite simply, assassinated — targeted for their uniform," a visibly shaken Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said Saturday.
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