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Updated: February 14, 2020, 5:59 PM

NYPD shooting suspect indicted on attempted murder charges

By Matthew Chayes

The parolee charged with wounding two NYPD officers during a 12-hour shooting rampage in the Bronx last weekend has been indicted on 11 counts of attempted murder as well as attempted murder of a police officer, a judge said Friday morning.

Speaking from the bench, Judge George R. Villegas said the parolee, Robert Williams, 45, of the Bronx, would be arraigned March 6 on the indictment, which the judge said hadn't yet been filed.

Prosecutor Christine Scaccia said the grand jury's indictment vote was Thursday.

Williams, 45, of Evergreen Avenue, is accused of walking into the 41st Precinct in the borough on Sunday, shooting at cops and civilians, and striking Lt. Jose Gautreaux in the upper left arm. Gautreaux was discharged from a Bronx hospital on Monday.

The shooting came hours after Williams ambushed two officers sitting in a marked police van with its emergency lights flashing, according to the NYPD. Bullets grazed the neck and chin of Officer Paul Stroffolino.

Other people were in the vicinity during the shootings, leading to the other counts.

Friday marked Williams' second court date since his arrest. The proceedings, held in a windowless basement courtroom at the Bronx County Hall of Justice, lasted about two minutes. Williams wore an orange jail uniform, his hands cuffed behind his back, as he appeared before Villegas.

As he walked out of the courtroom, Williams' family shouted "I love you" and "I love you, Robert," before being admonished by court officers to be quiet.