NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the fatal ambush of a New York City police officer (all times local):
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH’-moh) is launching an investigation into a hospital’s handling of a man who sought psychiatric care just days before he fatally ambushed a New York Police Department officer.
The Democratic governor on Thursday said he was directing state health officials to launch an immediate review of St. Barnabas Hospital’s actions and policies in admitting, treating and discharging parolee Alexander Bonds.
Bonds’ girlfriend told police she had taken him for a psychiatric evaluation days before the attack but he was released after about an hour. She says Bonds was paranoid and acting erratically.
A hospital spokesman says all mental health procedures and safeguards were properly followed during the seven- to eight-hour period Bonds was observed in the emergency room.
The girlfriend of a parolee who fatally ambushed a New York City police officer reported that he was acting “paranoid and erratic” about two hours before the slaying.
Police officials said on Thursday the woman had called 911 around 10 p.m. on Tuesday to warn about the behavior of Alexander Bonds. Police said officers were dispatched to check on him but couldn’t find him.
Shortly after midnight on Wednesday, Bonds walked up to a mobile command center in the Bronx and shot Officer Miosotis Familia in the head. Two other officers shot Bonds to death.
Police said the girlfriend also told police she had taken Bonds for a psychiatric evaluation on July 1. Investigators also found antidepressant and anti-psychotic medications in his apartment.