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Police ambush suspect arraigned on attempted murder charges in the Bronx

Posted at 5:32 PM, Feb 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-10 22:40:55-05

THE BRONX — The suspect in two ambush shootings of NYPD officers was arraigned on attempted murder and other charges Monday.

Police officers packed a Bronx courtroom when a handcuffed Robert Williams, 45, made his first appearance following his Sunday arrest. Williams was charged with multiple counts of attempted murder and was remanded into custody after his appearance and is due back in court on Feb. 14.

He is accused of firing on a police vehicle and later at a police precinct.

NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan said police still don't know the exact motivation for the shootings.

Prosecutors said Williams confessed to the shootings. He said he was tired of police and said he plans to shoot another one once he's out of custody, according to prosecutors.

The injured officers have been released from the hospital. Lt. Jose Gautreaux, a 15-year veteran with the NYPD was released Monday. Officer Paul Stoffolino was released Sunday.

Willaims was represented in court by an attorney from The Bronx Defenders.

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