NYPD officer shot, killed during traffic stop leaves behind wife and baby

NEW YORK (WPIX) – The NYPD is mourning the lack of considered one of their very own after Officer Jonathan Diller was shot and killed in Far Rockaway, Queens on Monday.

A procession escorted Diller’s physique to a funeral residence on Lengthy Island Tuesday night. A funeral service for Diller is scheduled for Saturday morning.

Diller, 31, was a husband and a father to a younger baby. His demise is described as a mindless act of violence, and Mayor Eric Adams referred to as him a hero.

“He put himself in hurt’s manner. He went in direction of the hazard, all to maintain the individuals we serve secure and to guard his fellow New Yorkers,” NYPD Commissioner Edward Caban stated.

NYPD officers have been seen exterior of the hospital the place Diller was taken, saluting him as his physique was transferred.

Diller was a three-year veteran of the police division, who was working for the neighborhood response group in Queens South when he was killed. Throughout his profession, he made greater than 70 arrests.

Even after Diller was shot within the abdomen, he nonetheless tried to disarm the shooter, in line with authorities.

“The gun hit the bottom; and because the perpetrator was nonetheless reaching for it, this cop was in a position to seize it, though he was nonetheless shot,” stated NYPD Chief of Detectives Joseph Kenny.

Diller’s passing marks the primary demise of an NYPD officer on the job since 2022 when officers Wilbert Mora and Jason Rivera have been ambushed and killed in Harlem throughout a home disturbance name.

The FDNY expressed its condolences over Diller’s demise in addition to Sen. James Sanders Jr, who stated partially, “Officer Jonathan Diller devoted his life to serving and defending our neighborhood. His bravery and dedication won’t ever be forgotten.”

“These cops who pack the halls simply misplaced a brother. Our hero police officer confronted this harmful particular person figuring out that he was placing himself in danger, figuring out that he had a household ready for him at residence. However he did it to guard the individuals of this metropolis, and we want each single New Yorker to be with this household,” stated PBA president Patrick Hendry.

A GoFundMe web page was began for Diller’s household. To this point, it’s raised greater than $130,000.