NYPD rookie who shot cop-killing gunman is promoted to detective


The NYPD “super rookie” who shot the shooter who ambushed officers Jason Rivera and Wilbert Mora in Harlem last month was promoted to detective on Tuesday.

Officer Sumit Sulan, 27, was awarded Detective Shield No. 332, “symbolizing three brothers of the 32 [Precinct]”, Commissioner Keechant Sewell said at the ceremony, according to a clip posted on the top cop’s Twitter.

“Today I had the honor of promoting police officer Sumit Sulan to detective,” she said. “Like his partners, he is an example that police officers are ordinary people called upon to do extraordinary things – and they often do, risking everything. The actions taken by Officer Sulan likely saved the lives of other officers who responded to this apartment. »

Sulan had only been on the job since April — and at Harlem’s 32nd Precinct for two months — when he responded with Rivera, 22, and Mora, 27, to the domestic violence call on West 135th Street that became deadly.

Lashawn McNeil, 47, opened fire without warning – shooting down Rivera and Mora – prompting Sulan to spring into action.

Thousands of NYPD officers stand behind an American flag during the funeral of deceased officer Wilbert Mora on February 2, 2022.
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NYPD Officer Sumit Sulan is sworn in as a detective in a ceremony with Commissioner Keechant Sewell.
NYPD Officer Sumit Sulan is sworn in as a detective in a ceremony with Commissioner Keechant Sewell.
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NYPD Officer Sumit Sulan displays a seized weapon believed to have been used by Lashawn McNeil.
NYPD Officer Sumit Sulan displays a seized weapon believed to have been used by Lashawn McNeil.
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Law enforcement sources dubbed Sulan the “super rookie” for his act of heroism.

“As the shooting began, Constable Sulan led the mother and brother into the kitchen for protection and walked down the hallway where the shooter had opened fire, knocking him down as he prepared to leave. open fire again,” Sewell said during the promotion.

McNeil died of his injuries a few days after the incident.

NYPD officers salute outside St. Patrick's Cathedral after the funeral of slain cop Wilbert Mora on February 2, 2022.
NYPD officers salute outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral after the funeral of slain cop Wilbert Mora on February 2, 2022.
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President Joe Biden (left) applauds NYPD officer Sumit Sulan (right) during a discussion on gun violence on February 3, 2022.
President Biden (bottom left) applauds NYPD officer Sumit Sulan (second from top right) during a discussion on gun violence on February 3, 2022.
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Two days after the ambush, Sulan’s mother told the Post that her son was still struggling to cope with what happened.

“His brain is stuck on the situation,” Dalvir Sulan, 60, said of his hero-cop son, who emigrated from the family’s native India about 15 years ago. “I’m proud. Everyone says he did well.

“He did a great job,” she added. “We are proud of him, but we are sorry for both [the other officers].”



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