Recordings from the NYPD’s emergency call center show how a seemingly routine Friday night household call in Manhattan quickly turned into a life-threatening situation.
Before Officer Jason Rivera was killed and Officer Wilbert Mora was seriously injured by Lashawn McNeil’s .45 Glock, police had little indication that they were walking into an ambush.
The NYPD received a 911 call from Shirley Sourzes, a woman who was having an argument with her son in a Harlem apartment at 5:09 p.m., according to the call log obtained by The Post.
“HE IS THREATENING TO DO THINGS TO HER,” the newspaper read. “HE IS IN THE HOUSE NOW.”
But the newspaper said the unidentified woman told the dispatcher that no one in the Harlem apartment had a weapon or was injured. McNeil, in fact, was brandishing a firearm with an illegal high-capacity magazine.
Over the next few minutes, dispatchers wrote that the caller said her son was at her house and was “threatening to do things to her.”
For over an hour there were no further entries in the log, until a 6:21 recording of “SHOTS FIRED” entered.
Rivera, Mora and a third cop had arrived at apartment 1D at 119 West 135th Street and spoke to the woman and another of her sons in the living room before walking down a long, narrow hallway to check on McNeil. The alleged killer then opened the door and opened fire on the officers, according to previous descriptions. He was shot by the third officer as he tried to flee the apartment and remained in critical condition.
At 6:22 a.m., three requests for “bus”, police jargon for an ambulance, were made over a 10-second period. Twenty-one seconds later, the emergency vehicle was on its way to 119 West 135th St., according to the newspaper.
A “Level 1 Mobilization…regarding 3 MOS shots” was requested at 6:24 a.m., meaning an emergency resource deployment was required for three service members who had been shot.
Four seconds later, officials clarified that two police officers had been shot, and over the next few minutes a burst of 43 urgent radio dispatches showed police rushing to block the street, brought the injured officers to nearby Harlem Hospital, established a staging area for first responders and secured a blood bank for injured cops.
At 6:28 a.m., nine minutes after authorities learned of the shooting, Rivera and Mora were in the hospital.
Rivera, a 22-year-old rookie died Friday night. Mora, 27 – who had a bullet lodged in his brain, sources said – underwent a second surgery on Saturday and remained in critical condition.