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EXCLUSIVE: Top NYPD cop warns officers not to wear their uniforms in public for their own safety following assassination attempts on police as suspect is pictured handcuffed to hospital bed

A top NYPD official has warned officers not to wear their police uniforms or department logos in public following back-to-back assassination attempts on cops in the Bronx. 
Hazel Jennings, chief of the Department of Corrections, issued a memo on Sunday night essentially urging officers to hide their police affiliation to avoid being targeted.  
The memo came after a career criminal carried out two separate attacks on officers in the Bronx in the span of just 12 hours, leaving two officers injured.   
Robert Williams, 45, was taken into custody on Sunday after he allegedly opened fire on a police station in the Bronx shortly before 8am. He struck Lt Jose Gautreaux in the arm and narrowly missed other police personnel before the running out of bullets, lying down and tossing his pistol as he was swarmed by officers.  
Hours earlier, Williams approached a patrol van in the same part of the Bronx late Saturday and fired at two officers inside, wounding one before escaping on foot, police said.   
The suspect - who was out on parole after a 2002 attempted murder conviction - was seen handcuffed to a hospital bed on Sunday in photos obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com. He is expected to be arraigned on Monday morning.
Authorities said they brought a woman in for questioning who is believed to be Williams' girlfriend Liza T Valdez, a communications technician for the NYPD.
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A safety memo issued by Jennings on Sunday night is pictured
It essentially urges officers to hide their police affiliation to avoid being targeted
A safety memo issued by Jennings on Sunday night is seen in full above. It essentially urges officers to hide their police affiliation to avoid being targeted
Suspect Robert Williams is seen handcuffed to his hospital bed in photos obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com
Suspect Robert Williams is seen handcuffed to his hospital bed in photos obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com
Williams appeared to be sedated and his severely swollen face was covered in dried blood from a wound on his cheek
Williams appeared to be sedated and his severely swollen face was covered in dried blood from a wound on his cheek
Williams (pictured) was reportedly out on parole after a 2002 attempted murder conviction
Authorities were also questioning a woman believed to be Williams' girlfriend Liza T Valdez (pictured), a communications technician for the NYPD
Williams (left) was reportedly out on parole after a 2002 attempted murder conviction. Authorities were also questioning a woman believed to be Williams' girlfriend Liza T Valdez (right), a communications technician for the NYPD
Surveillance footage shows Williams before the Saturday night shooting
The suspect is seen inside the 41st precinct station before the Sunday morning shooting
Surveillance footage shows Williams before the Saturday night shooting (left) and inside the 41st precinct station before the Sunday morning shooting (right)
New York City leaders held a press conference on the case on Sunday afternoon, where NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea and Mayor Bill de Blasio blamed the attacks on an anti-police atmosphere fueled by recent protests.  
Cops are circulating this doctored photo of DeBlasio with Williams. The mayor started a program that gives Mets tickets and other freebies to defendants to entice them to return to court
Cops are circulating this doctored photo of DeBlasio with Williams. The mayor started a program that gives Mets tickets and other freebies to defendants to entice them to return to court
Shea hit out at criminal justice reform activists who've held demonstrations against use of excessive force, referencing a protest on January 31 in which dozens of members of a radical police-hating group stormed Grand Central Terminal chanting anti-NYPD slogans including 'F**k cops!' Cops 
'These things are not unrelated. We had people marching through the streets of New York City recently,' Shea said. 'Words matter. And words affect people's behavior.'  
Shea didn't offer any evidence that Williams knew of those protests or was influenced by them.
De Blasio, who was elected partly on a promise to reform overly aggressive policing of minority communities, also suggested that anti-police sentiment had gotten out of hand.
'Anyone who spews hatred at our officers is aiding and abetting this kind of atmosphere; it is not acceptable,' de Blasio said. 'You could protest for whatever you believe in, but you cannot vilely attack those who are here to protect us. It creates this kind of dynamic.'    
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea (left) and Mayor Bill de Blasio (right) spoke at a press conference on Sunday and blamed the attacks on an anti-police atmosphere fueled by recent protests
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea (left) and Mayor Bill de Blasio (right) spoke at a press conference on Sunday and blamed the attacks on an anti-police atmosphere fueled by recent protests
Thousands of protesters flocked to Grand Central Terminal and flowed out into Midtown's streets on January 31 to protest police use of excessive force
Thousands of protesters flocked to Grand Central Terminal and flowed out into Midtown's streets on January 31 to protest police use of excessive force
The first attack unfolded just before 8.30pm Saturday when a man approached a locked police van with its emergency lights activated and asked the officers inside, Paul Stroffolino, 31, and Brian Hanlon, 33, for directions. 
The suspect then pulled out a gun 'without provocation' and fired multiple shots into the van, striking Stroffolino on the chin and neck, narrowly missing his carotid artery. 
Neither Stroffolino nor Hanlon, who have been friends since middle school and partners for eight years, fired a single shot. Hanlon then drove Stroffolino to a nearby hospital, where he was held overnight for observation. 
The shooting happened near the junction of East 163 and Barretto streets, where the officers were stationed because of recent drug activity and violence, officials said. 
Police released a photograph of the suspected shooter and were combing the city for him when Williams walked into the police station coordinating the manhunt, strolled to the desk and brandished a gun just before 8am.  
Two security cameras captured video of the chaotic scene at the 41st precinct station.
Williams struck Gautreaux, who was sitting at the front desk, and the lieutenant returned fire but did not hit the suspect. 
He then rushed into a side room and fired at two people, including a civilian employee, before retreating into the lobby and diving on the floor when he ran out of ammunition.  
Video from a different angle shows an officer in the precinct lobby reacting to the first gunshot. One uniformed cop is seen punching the suspect as other officers converge, pointing their guns, and the gunman's pistol is seen sliding away from him across the floor.  
Williams is seen diving on the floor and surrendering after he ran out of bullets
Williams is seen diving on the floor and surrendering after he ran out of bullets 
Several officers swarmed the suspect after he surrendered his weapon
Several officers swarmed the suspect after he surrendered his weapon
The two shootings took place only blocks away from each other less than 12 hours apart
The two shootings took place only blocks away from each other less than 12 hours apart 
The suspect is seen raising his gun and firing at cops in security camera footage from Saturday's incident
The suspect is seen raising his gun and firing at cops in security camera footage from Saturday's incident
The suspect (pictured) was filmed walking away from the scene of Saturday's shooting, which police say was unprovoked
The suspect (pictured) was filmed walking away from the scene of Saturday's shooting, which police say was unprovoked
Emergency vehicles rushed to the 41st precinct after a lieutenant was gunned down at the front desk on Sunday morning
Emergency vehicles rushed to the 41st precinct after a lieutenant was gunned down at the front desk on Sunday morning
EMS are seen taking the victim out of the 41st precinct on a stretcher on Sunday morning
EMS are seen taking the victim out of the 41st precinct on a stretcher on Sunday morning
Police released this photo of a firearm Williams allegedly used in both attacks
Police released this photo of a firearm Williams allegedly used in both attacks
At Sunday's press conference, Commissioner Shea said that the suspect was paroled in 2017 for an attempted murder conviction in 2002 in the Bronx. He said the suspect had carjacked a woman, crashed the car and then engaged in a gunfight with NYPD officers.  
Williams was recently released from police custody after being jailed on charges of heavy weapon possession and was due in court in the coming days.  
Shea referred to the suspect as a 'coward' and said authorities were confident that he was involved in both the precinct shooting on Sunday and the patrol shooting the night before.  
'This is not a crime gone bad. This is not a liquor store robbery interrupted that a tragedy erupts from. This is a premeditated assassination attempt,' Shea said. 
'It is only by the grace of God and the heroic actions of those inside the building that took him into custody that we are not talking about police officers murdered inside a New York City police precinct.' 
Mary Williams, the suspect's grandmother, told News 4 she was 'really shocked' by the allegations levied against him
Mary Williams, the suspect's grandmother, told News 4 she was 'really shocked' by the allegations levied against him
The suspect's grandmother, 80-year-old Mary Williams, spoke to NBC 4 New York after the attack on Sunday and said she was 'really shocked' by the allegations levied against him. 
She said she spoke to her grandson, whom she raised in the Soundview section of the Bronx, a few hours before the first attack.  
She said Williams had been looking for a job recently, adding that he 'didn't have no problem with no police lately'. 
The grandmother also noted that Williams' own son was shot and killed in the Bronx two years ago but declined to elaborate on his death.  
Authorities said they were interviewing a woman who was 'present in the general area' and may have driven Williams to the precinct.  
Police did not name the woman as she is not considered a suspect but sources identified her to DailyMail.com as Valdez, Williams' girlfriend. 
The woman's mother spoke to ABC 7 on Sunday night and said she was not Williams' girlfriend, but the pair were childhood friends.  
The mother insisted that her daughter 'has nothing to do with this' and suggested that Williams tricked her into driving him to the precinct.    
Paul Stroffolino, the officer injured in the Saturday shooting, was released from Lincoln Hospital on Sunday morning
Paul Stroffolino, the officer injured in the Saturday shooting, was released from Lincoln Hospital on Sunday morning
Stroffolino had a bandage over his neck as he left the hospital, where fellow officers gathered to shower him with applause
Stroffolino had a bandage over his neck as he left the hospital, where fellow officers gathered to shower him with applause
Stroffolino is seen smiling at his wife on Sunday after he was free to leave hospital
He's pictured in an image from his social media
Stroffolino smiled at his wife as he departed from Lincoln Hospital (left). The couple are seen right in a Facebook photo 
Stroffolino gave a thumbs up to the supportive crowd after he got in a car to head home
Stroffolino gave a thumbs up to the supportive crowd after he got in a car to head home

Sunday's official press conference was held at Lincoln Hospital, where the officer injured in the shooting the night before was treated.  
Stroffolino was released on Sunday morning and is expected to make a full recovery. 
The 15-year veteran of the NYPD was showered with applause from fellow officers as he was carted out of the hospital and gave a thumbs-up to the crowd.   
Shea said the Saturday night shooting 'harkens back to some bad times', referencing previous assassinations of police officers. 
In 2017, a gunman killed Officer Miosotis Familia as she sat in her patrol vehicle in the Bronx. In 2014, two officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, were shot dead in their patrol car in Brooklyn by a man upset about recent police killings of unarmed black men. 
The commissioner said Ramos and Liu's deaths were 'not something that engenders anything but the worst memories'. 
He said that 'everyone should be speaking against this', adding: 'I condemned it then and I condemn it right here today.'  
In the wake of the killings of Ramos and Liu, some officers blamed de Blasio for expressing solidarity with the demonstrations, and turned their backs on the Democrat at the funerals. 
De Blasio spoke after Shea at Sunday's press conference and echoed his characterization of the shooting, calling it 'an attempt to assassinate police officers'.
'There's just too much hatred out there right now,' De Blasio said. 
Robert Gangi, executive director of the Police Reform Organizing Project advocacy group, said it was 'irresponsible' for Shea and de Blasio to say the violence this weekend was linked to the recent demonstrations, which he said involved activists 'protesting in a legitimate fashion.'
Of the gunman, though, Gangi said there is 'no defense for a lunatic who opens fire on police.'   
At Sunday's press conference, Commissioner Shea referred to the suspect as a 'coward' and said authorities were confident that he was involved in both the precinct shooting on Sunday and the patrol shooting the night before
At Sunday's press conference, Commissioner Shea referred to the suspect as a 'coward' and said authorities were confident that he was involved in both the precinct shooting on Sunday and the patrol shooting the night before
De Blasio echoed Shea's characterization of the shooting, calling it 'an attempt to assassinate police officers'
De Blasio echoed Shea's characterization of the shooting, calling it 'an attempt to assassinate police officers'
A heavy police presence is seen outside the 41st precinct after the shooting on Sunday morning
A heavy police presence is seen outside the 41st precinct after the shooting on Sunday morning 
Officers with the NYPD's Technical Assistance Response Unit are seen near a vehicle believed to belong to the gunman
Officers with the NYPD's Technical Assistance Response Unit are seen near a vehicle believed to belong to the gunman
New York City police direct foot traffic on the corner of 163rd and Fox Street at the scene of Saturday's shooting
 New York City police direct foot traffic on the corner of 163rd and Fox Street at the scene of Saturday's shooting

Trump tweeted: 'I grew up in New York City and, over many years, got to watch how GREAT NYC’s “Finest” are. Now, because of weak leadership at Governor & Mayor, stand away (water thrown at them) regulations, and lack of support, our wonderful NYC police are under assault. Stop this now!'
President Donald Trump spoke out against the latest violence against police, blaming New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio for the attacks
President Donald Trump spoke out against the latest violence against police, blaming New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio for the attacks
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he was 'horrified' after the recent attacks
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he was 'horrified' after the recent attacks
Cuomo had tweeted to condemn the 'heinous' attacks on those who serve the city. 
'Horrified by the multiple attacks on officers in the Bronx,' New York Governor Andrew Cuomo tweeted. 'NY's law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe. These attacks are heinous. Those responsible will be brought to justice & held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.'
He shared in an official statement that state police would be on hand to help and said the perpetrator will be punished harshly.
NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson also tweeted about the shooting
NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson also tweeted about the shooting
'I am horrified by the two attacks on NYPD officers that occurred last night and this morning in the Bronx,' Cuomo stated. 'Members of New York's law enforcement community put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe, and they deserve our respect and appreciation. I have asked the New York State Police to reach out to the NYPD to offer any assistance necessary. 
'We have zero tolerance for attacks of any kind against law enforcement, and the person or people responsible will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.' 
NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson tweeted: 'We have another shooting of a police officer in the Bronx. Prayers for the officer in the latest shooting, who is at Lincoln Hospital w/non-life threatening injuries, the officer who was shot last night, and all those who serve our City. This horrific violence must end.'  
The president of the Police Benevolent Association said the streets needed to be fixed.
'It is a double miracle that we are not preparing for two funerals right now,' Patrick Lynch, PBA president, said in a statement. 'These targeted attacks are exactly what we have warned against again and again. The hatred and violence directed at cops continues to grow. Good luck and kind words are not enough to keep police officers or the public safe.
'Our elected officials need to start listening to us and working with us — not against us — to fix the deteriorating environment on our streets.'
He added outside the hospital on Sunday: 'Start backing our police officers. Our elected officials who stand and nod their heads with us, it's time you open your mouth and say "This must stop."' 

The first officer was shot at 906 Simpson St in the Bronx New York on Saturday, February 8
The first officer was shot at 906 Simpson St in the Bronx New York on Saturday, February 8

NYPD issued a warning to avoid the area as helicopter is called in to search for the suspect
NYPD issued a warning to avoid the area as helicopter is called in to search for the suspect 
An NYPD cop is seen on the scene of the first shooting on Saturday night
An NYPD cop is seen on the scene of the first shooting on Saturday night

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