Incident Summary:

02/08/2020: An assailant opened fire on police officers inside a police van after asking for directions near Simpson and Barretto Streets in Hunts Point neighborhood, Bronx, New York City, United States. At least one officer was injured in the assault. This was one of two attacks carried out targeting police officers by the same assailant within 12 hours. Authorities arrested Robert Williams in connection with the attack. During interrogation, Williams stated that he was "tired of police officers."



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

New York

New York City

Location Details:
The incident occurred in Hunts Point area of the Bronx.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity New York City Police Department (NYPD)
Specific Description Officers
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
A 9-mm Sig Sauer pistol was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) No
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources noted the targets may have been chosen due to personal motives. The injured police officer was identified as Paul Stroffolino.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Anti-Police extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 1
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Two NYPD officers were shot in the Bronx in what the mayor has called assassination attempts," CNN, February 9, 2020.
"Shooter's cop-slay vow; Facing life term, parolee told police: I'll come for you when I'm freed," New York Daily News, February 11, 2020.
"Man Who Shot Up a Bronx Precinct Was ‘Tired of Police Officers’," Feed, February 10, 2020.