By Tim Harfmann
NYPD Lieutenant Jose Gautreaux walked out of New York City’s Lincoln Hospital on his own on Feb. 10, less than 48 hours after being shot inside the city’s forty-first precinct.
The suspect, Robert Williams, was arrested and charged with attempted murder, criminal possession of a weapon and assault.
Authorities say the 45-year-old is the same individual who shot at a patrol van the evening of Feb. 8, injuring Officer Paul Stroffolino, who was later discharged that Sunday.
NYPD Chaplain Monsignor Robert Romano said this was a blessing.
“They were very lucky. I believe God had something to do about it; but I think it’s important for us to realize that it could’ve just been the exact opposite,” he said.
Tensions are high after the ambush attacks.
In a tweet, Police Union President Ed Mullins wrote of “declaring war” against New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea then backed the mayor. “It’s not helpful! It’s not helpful to where we’re going, and when you look at what he does for this city, he’s been extremely supportive of this NYPD,” Commissioner Shea said.
Monsignor Romano said that to move forward, there must be unity.
“I think we really have to get back to respecting people,” he said. “This is, this is madness, really.”
Police say Robert Williams is considered a “career criminal,” with a long rap sheet of violent attacks.