NEW YORK, Dec 20 - A gunman fatally shot two New York police officers as they sat in their squad car on Saturday and then killed himself, the New York Times reported, in the first deaths of police officers by gunfire in the city in three years.
Quoting a law enforcement source, NBC's New York affiliate reported that the gunman may have been seeking retribution against police after posting a threatening message on a social media account.
The police deaths in Brooklyn followed weeks of protests in New York and other parts of the United States after separate cases in which grand juries declined to charge two white police officers involved in the deaths of two unarmed black men.
The officers were patrolling in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of the borough. NYPD Deputy Chief Kim Royster said it appeared the shots struck them in the upper body, the Times said.