The man who allegedly killed two NYPD officers in Brooklyn this afternoon has been identified.
Witnesses say Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, approached the officers’ patrol car and shot each man several times. Reportedly, Brinsley then turned the gun on himself and took his own life.
Earlier today, Brinsley posted a series of threatening messages on his Instagram page:
“I’m Putting Wings on Pigs Today,” Brinsley wrote. “They take 1 of ours…Let’s take 2 of theirs. #ShootThe Police #RIPEricGarner #RIPMikeBrown This May Be My Final Post.”
The shooting was described by one law enforcement official as “an execution.”
“The perp came out of the houses, walked up behind the car and lit them up,” a high-ranking officer told the New York Daily News.
After what one witness described as “pumping bullets” into the car, Brinsley fled to a nearby subway station, where he shot himself in the head.
Gand jury decisions not to indict the officers responsible for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner have led to protests in metropolitan centers across the country.
Several police officers have reported being assaulted during demonstrations, but this is the first time that anger over the deaths of Brown and Garner has resulted in murder.