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Grandmother of Bronx ambush shooting suspect speaks out

Posted: 5:52 PM, Feb 10, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-10 17:52:37-05

LONGWOOD, the Bronx — The man accused of opening fire on officers in the Bronx hasn't been himself since teenage son was shot, according to the suspect's 80-year-old grandmother.

Mary Williams raised Robert Williams. He was arraigned on attempted murder charges in court Monday. The 45-year-old man is accused of firing on a police vehicle and later at a police precinct, hitting two officers.

"He was a good person. He was nice, sweet. I don't know what happened to that," his grandmother said.

She last spoke to her grandson on Saturday afternoon. They shared an apartment and she'd left some food for him there. She said he never expressed hate toward police.

The alleged gunman did have a criminal past. He spent 15 years in prison for attempted murder and was out on parole.

His grandmother expressed sympathy for the injured officers and their families.