Police officer dies during traffic stop in Queens

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By journalsofus.com

A police officer died Monday after being shot during a traffic stop in Queens, police and city officials said.

The suspected gunman, who was also wounded, was the first to fire his weapon during an afternoon car stop in Far Rockaway, hitting the officer, Jonathan Diller, in the torso under his protective vest, Police Commissioner Edward A. said. Caban in a statement. conference at Jamaica Hospital, where Officer Diller was taken.

The officer’s partner returned fire, wounding the man, who was also taken to Jamaica Hospital, where he is being treated for his injuries, officials said at the news conference.

“This is a devastating moment,” said Mayor Eric Adams, who also spoke at the news conference. “We have to bury another police officer,” he added.

In a social media post, Commissioner Caban said Officer Diller and his wife had a young son.

“We struggle to find the words to express the tragedy of losing one of our own,” the commissioner wrote.

Officials did not identify the suspect or the second person who was in the vehicle. It was unclear Monday whether the driver or passenger shot Officer Diller, but the driver was arrested on a gun charge last year, police officials said.

Police said the episode began shortly before 6 p.m. Monday, when Officer Diller and his partner from the Police Department’s community response team approached the car because it was illegally parked at a bus stop on Mott Avenue.

Officer Diller asked the suspect several times to get out of the car, said Joseph Kenny, chief of detectives for the Police Department, but the suspect refused, pointed a gun at the officer and fired.

“We should never be here,” Commissioner Caban said. “And we are here too many times,” he added.

Before Monday, the two most recent New York police officers killed in the line of duty were Wilbert Mora and his partner, Jason Rivera. The officers were shot down in January 2022 while responding to a domestic disturbance call in Harlem.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

dakota santiago contributed with reports.

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