Robert Williams: Who Is The Suspect In The NYPD Shootings?

Nicholas Morine

Robert Williams has been identified as the suspect accused of opening fire on NYPD officers in the Bronx, according to The New York Post. As The Inquisitr previously detailed, the suspect entered a station house located on Longwood Avenue and opened fire, injuring a lieutenant -- Jose Gautreaux -- as a bullet caught the officer in the arm. Video footage of the attack has since been released, the brief clip showing an exchange of gunfire before a surrendering suspect slides his gun across the floor, seemingly subdued.

Police have taken Robert Williams into custody, and speculation continues to surround the possibility that Williams may be the same man responsible for a seemingly unprovoked attack against other NYPD officers on Saturday night.

"He [the gunman] immediately pulls out a gun and fires multiple rounds towards the desk area. He then walks into an area beside that desk and fires several rounds... I will point out that this coward immediately lay down, but only after he ran out of bullets."

According to a Twitter post coming from Shea, the weapon suspected to have been employed by the gunman has been taken into evidence as well -- a black pistol marked as a SIG Sauer P229. In the caption attached to this piece of evidence, Shea once again referred to Williams as a "coward."

Per ABC's Eyewitness News, Williams' documented history of violence spans nearly two decades, with the outlet referring to the suspected gunman as a "career criminal." In 2002, Williams was arrested on charges of attempted murder, only being paroled in 2017. During that 2002 incident, Williams shot one victim, engaged in carjacking -- the stolen vehicle eventually crashing -- and finally participated in a shootout with law enforcement officers at the scene.

Video footage of the Saturday night attack captures a seemingly frantic shooter unsure of which way to run after having discharged his weapon into the police van. The gunman can be seen rounding a corner, turning, and then doubling back at high speed, sprinting down the road in the same direction the police van had traveled.

Stroffolino's injuries were not considered to be life-threatening, and he was honored by his fellow officers after leaving the Lincoln Hospital -- a video of which can be seen below.

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