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Suspect indicted in 41st Precinct shooting

A Bronx man has been indicted for attempted murder and numerous other charges in a Feb. 8 shooting that wounded one officer from the 41st Precinct and set Longwood on edge. 

The 45-year-old defendant, Robert Williams of Evergreen Avenue in Soundview, is alleged to have shot at two officers from the 41st Precinct on Feb. 8 as they sat on patrol in their van. The next day he walked into the Longwood Ave. stationhouse and fired shots at nine officers and a civilian, wounding one officer.

Williams was charged with multiple counts of attempted murder in the first and second degree, attempted aggravated assault on a police officer, attempted assault, and criminal possession of a weapon.

Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark said her office will “prosecute to the fullest extent anyone who would attack the very people who put their lives on the line to protect society.”

 According to the investigation, Williams walked up to a marked NYPD van parked in front of 906 Simpson Street at about 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 8, started chatting with two officers who were sitting in the van, then took out a gun and shot at them, striking and slightly wounding one officer in the chin. The officers drove to Lincoln Hospital where the wounded officer was treated and released.

The following day at 7:45 a.m., investigators allege, Williams entered the station house and  shot at several officers. One of the shots struck Lieutenant Jose Gatreaux in his right arm. Williams then entered a side room in the precinct and shot at a sergeant, another officer and a civilian employee who worked there.

When the defendant ran out of bullets he proceeded to walk out of the precinct before police opened fire, causing Williams to throw himself to the ground and toss his gun to officers. Williams was not shot, and was taken into custody. Lieutenant

Gatreaux was taken to Lincoln Hospital for treatment and was released.