Update 12:30 a.m. EST: The White house has released a statement from President Obama on the killings:
"I unconditionally condemn today's murder of two police officers in New York City. Two brave men won't be going home to their loved ones tonight, and for that, there is no justification. The officers who serve and protect our communities risk their own safety for ours every single day - and they deserve our respect and gratitude every single day. Tonight, I ask people to reject violence and words that harm, and turn to words that heal - prayer, patient dialogue, and sympathy for the friends and family of the fallen.
Update 6:30 p.m. EST: The Rev. Al Sharpton denounced the apparent execution-style killings of two New York Police officers Saturday, saying there is no link to the Michael Brown or Eric Garner cases, the Washington Post reported.
Al Sharpton's statement on the NYPD officers shot and killed today pic.twitter.com/r9Hd0hurNA
â€” Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) December 20, 2014
Two New York Police officers are dead from gunshot wounds in an alleged ambush while sitting in a patrol car Saturday. The suspect approached their patrol car in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn at about 3 p.m., according to multiple reports.
Both cops were rushed to Woodhull Hospital, and the New York Post reports both are dead.
Update: The suspect shot himself and is believed to be dead, according to an Associated Press report. The NYPD Special Victim Unit is offering a reward for anyone who offers information about the shooting.
The shooting occurred outside of city’s “Tompkins Houses” housing project, at Myrtle and Tompkins Avenues in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant, the report said. One police official told the newspaper the suspect “came out of the houses, walked up behind the car and lit them up.”
Brooklyn Councilman Robert Cornegy told a local New York City news station the two police officers were having lunch in their patrol car when the suspect shot them both in the back of the head.
The suspect fled about a block from the shooting to the nearby Myrtle-Willoughby Avenues subway station, a witness told the New York Daily News, with officers in pursuit. Another witness reportedly said at least one police officer shot the suspect.
The NYPD had not confirmed the witness reports, at the time of writing. Paramedics reportedly performed CPR on the suspect after taking him from the subway station on a stretcher.
In 2013, four teenagers were shot in Brooklyn, one fatally at the same Tompkins housing complex.