Accused NYPD cop-killer Lashawn McNeil dies after being shot by officer during Harlem ambush



The “distorted” career criminal accused of shooting two Manhattan cops, killing one and leaving the other clinging to life, died of his wounds Monday, law-enforcement sources said.

Lashawn McNeil, 47, had been in critical condition since being shot by a third officer after fatally gunning down Finest Jason Rivera, 22, and critically wounding NYPD cop Wilbert Mora, 27, during a domestic disturbance inside his brother’s Harlem apartment Friday.

Mora is still clinging to life, police said.

McNeil, who was hit in the head and arm by rookie Officer Sumit Sulan, had been declared brain dead after the incident, a source said.

McNeil’s mother has told The Post that her son, who grew up in Far Rockaway, was mentally ill.

“His mental state is very distorted, and that’s all I can say,” Shirley Sourzes said over the weekend.

Jason Rivera died Friday night after the shooting.
Jason Rivera died Friday night after the shooting.
Police say Lashawn McNeil used this gun to shoot two NYPD officers.
Police say Lashawn McNeil used this gun to shoot two NYPD officers.
Lashawn McNeil
Lashawn McNeil has died of his injuries.

Sources added Monday that her son lived in Baltimore but that she brought him back to New York to care for his older brother, who has a brain tumor. 

She spoke to The Post hours before her son died.

She sasid she regretted ever dialing 911 on Friday when she got into a beef with him and said she blamed herself for the tragedy that followed. 

“If I knew, I never would have made the phone call,” she said. “I would never have called!

“I would like to say to Mr. and Mrs. [Rivera] that I am deeply sorry,” she added. “I know that there is not words that I can express.”

Police said the deranged gunman ambushed the cops by opening fire with an illegally modified Glock .45-caliber handgun during the incident.

The convicted felon was on probation for a 2003 drug conviction when he shot the cops, NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig said at a press conference Saturday.

McNeil also had several busts outside of the five boroughs, including a 1998 arrest for gun possession — which was later dismissed — and a 2002 Pennsylvania arrest for assaulting a police officer.

He had two other busts in Pennsylvania the following year for felony and misdemeanor drug charges, records show.

The gun used to shoot the two NYPD cops, which was stolen from Baltimore in 2017, was illegally equipped with a high-capacity magazine that holds an additional 40 rounds.

-Additional reporting by Craig McCarthy


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