The NYPD 'super rookie' who shot the man accused of killing 22-year-old Jason Rivera and seriously injuring 27-year-old Wilbert Mora, is still struggling to cope with the events of Friday's shootout.
Officer Sumit Sulan, 27, was with Rivera and Mora as they visited a Harlem address to investigate a domestic-violence call on Friday.
Rivera and Mora went to confront convicted felon Lashawn McNeil, 47, in his bedroom, while Sulan stayed behind with McNeil's mother.
McNeil is said to have ran from the bedroom and opened fire, before Sulan returned fire back and wounded him as he tried to flee.
Since the events, Sulan cannot get what happened out of his head, his mother told the New York Post. 'His brain is stuck on the situation,' Dalvir Sulan, 60, said of her son, who emigrated from the family's home in India about 15 years ago.
Officer Sumit Sulan, 27, shot and wounded the man accused of killing 22-year-old Jason Rivera and seriously injuring 27-year-old Wilbert Mora in Harlem on Friday
Officer Jason Rivera was killed in the shooting, while Wilbert Mora, 27, is still 'fighting for his life' in NYU Langone Medical Center
The three cops visited a Harlem address to investigate a domestic-violence call on Friday, before convicted felon Lashawn McNeil, 47, ambushed them. Above, traffic stood still as the remains of Rivera were brought to a funeral home on Sunday
After McNeil shot his two partners, Sulan returned fire. He is still struggling to cope with the events, his mom told the New York Post. Above, New York City police officers and firemen stood at attention as they awaited the procession
Sulan is a 'super rookie' who has only been on the job since April and at Harlem's 32nd Precinct for two months, a law enforcement source told the Post. Above, officers patiently stood in the cold as the hearse carrying Officer Rivera's body made its way from Midtown to uptown
McNeil was out on probation at the time of the shooting on a 2003 felony narcotics charge in New York City and had four arrests in other states
'I'm proud. Everyone say he did good,' she added. 'I feel bad for the other [officer]. He died. We really feel bad. We're sorry. We're hurt. The other guy is critical, and we're hurt.'
Sulan is a 'super rookie' who has only been on the job since April and at Harlem's 32nd Precinct for two months, a law enforcement source told the Post.
'He did a great job. We're proud of him, but we're sorry for both of [the other officers],' she said. Asked by the Post about McNeil, Dalvir Sulan shook her head. 'That person, he's not really good,' she said.
Mora was transferred on Sunday night from Harlem Hospital to NYU Langone Medical Center, where he continues to fight for his life in life-threatening condition, reported ABC 7.
He had already undergone two surgeries to remove a bullet that had become stuck in his brain.
Earlier Sunday, hundreds of uniformed officers in Manhattan stood silent as Rivera's body was transferred from the Medical Examiner's Office to a funeral home. Burial rites are scheduled for Friday with a service scheduled for Thursday at St. Patrick's Cathedral.
Tears are shed for slain NYPD Officer Jason Rivera as a procession was held on January 23, 2022 in New York City
Tears were shed for slain NYPD Officer Jason Rivera as a procession took place on Sunday for him to be moved to a funeral home
Police officers are pictured as they make their way from the police precinct over to Harlem hospital
Police officers, firefighters and EMS members lined the streets from the office on 30th Street in Manhattan and up along First Avenue just after 12:30pm. Hundreds stood in silence before saluting while a hearse transported his body uptown.
The moving sight came as his grieving widow posted a moving tribute to her husband on Instagram on Sunday.
'Fly high my beautiful angel,' she wrote, together with a picture of Rivera's locker that she took at the NYPD's 32nd Precinct in central Harlem. The pair had been married for just over three months.
'Yesterday I visited the locker room where you used to FaceTime me at during your meal time or right before you had to go downstairs to the muster room for roll call at 15:00.
'Last night was suppose to be your day 5 & you were RDO [off] for the next three days. We both waited for your RDO's to spend them together. But now your soul will spend the rest of my days with me, through me, right beside me.
'I love you till the end of time,' Rivera's grieving widow wrote.
Her Instagram profile also includes photos of the newly married couple out in Liberty State Park in Jersey City.
Rivera's body was sent to a funeral home Sunday with a service planned for Thursday and a burial set for Friday
Rivera's widow posted an emotional tribute to him online. 'Fly high my beautiful angel,' she wrote, together with a picture of Rivera's locker
Jason Rivera is pictured together with his wife whom he had married last October
The couple were married on October 9, 2021 and had some pictures taken in New Jersey
'I love you till the end of time,' Rivera's grieving widow, pictured, wrote
In one posting, she describes her husband as 'my soulmate, best friend and lover from now until the end of time.'
Relatives, together with hundreds of NYPD officers and Mayor Eric Adams paid tribute to Rivera as his body was moved to a Manhattan funeral home.
Meanwhile, during a Sunday morning appearance on CNN, Mayor Eric Adams stressed the urgency 'to deal with the underlying issues that are impacting crime