NYPD cop from Massapequa Park killed in Queens traffic stop


The NYPD officer shot and killed during a traffic stop in Far Rockaway Monday evening has been identified as Jonathan Diller from Massapequa Park.

He died after the shooting, at Jamaica Hospital.

“Tonight this city lost a hero, a wife lost her husband, and a young child lost their father,” NYPD Commissioner Edward Caban wrote on X. “We struggle to find the words to express the tragedy of losing one of our own.

“The work that Police Officer Jonathan Diller did each day to make this city a safer place will NEVER be forgotten. Our prayers are with his family, loved ones, and brothers and sisters in blue.”

Diller, 31, assigned to the NYPD’s Critical Response Team, was among two police officers conducting a vehicle stop at 19-19 Mott Avenue when a subject inside the car shot at the officers.

The fatal shot entered Diller’s torso, beneath his vest, police said.

Officers returned fire and the suspected gunman was wounded.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams called the fatal shooting “not a crime problem, but a recidivist problem,” as one of the suspects had multiple prior arrests, including a recent gun arrest, and was “back on the streets.”

No additional information about the suspects was made public Monday night.

The department’s Deputy Commissioner of Public Information referred Greater Long Island to Caban’s X account, including tonight’s press conference, for all updated information on the fatal shooting. Scroll down to watch the press conference in its entirely.

Diller had been with the department for three years, police said.

Check back with Greater Long Island on this developing story.

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