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Man accused of ambush shootings on cops in Bronx pleads not guilty

Posted: 1:51 PM, Mar 04, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-04 19:25:44-05
Robert Williams

THE BRONX — The man accused of ambush shootings against NYPD officers two days in a row pleaded not guilty to attempted murder charges when he was indicted Wednesday.

Robert Williams, 45, allegedly opened fire on officers inside a marked van on Feb. 8 and then opened fire on officers in a police precinct on Feb. 9. In the first shooting, Williams spoke to the officers, then pulled out a gun, allegedly hitting Officer Paul Stroffolino in the chin and neck. The next day, he allegedly shot Lieutenant Jose Gatreaux in his right arm.

“This man allegedly attempted not once but twice to assassinate police officers; the first time, uniformed officers helping to keep Bronx streets safe, the second time officers inside their stationhouse, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said. "We condemn these actions and support in every way possible the prosecution by District Attorney Darcel Clark. We are confident her office will assure that justice is done.”

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

He was charged in court Wednesday with multiple counts of attempted murder, aggravated assault upon a police officer, attempted assault, assault and criminal possession of a weapon.