Suspects in killing of NYPD officer Jonathan Diller indicted in Queens

Apr 1, 2024 | Political News

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz has announced the indictment of Guy Rivera and Lindy Jones in connection with the death of NYPD officer Jonathan Diller.

Rivera has been indicted on charges including first-degree murder for fatally shooting Diller and first-degree attempted murder for attempting to shoot an NYPD sergeant present at the scene. Additionally, he faces charges of criminal possession of a weapon, according to Fox News.

Jones has been indicted on two counts of criminal possession of a weapon and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree.

Katz emphasized the severity of the charges, stating, “The killing of a New York City police officer strikes at the heart of this city and rattles any sense of security in a civilized society.” She highlighted the dedication of Detective Jonathan Diller, a husband, father, and son, who lost his life while fulfilling his duty to serve and protect the community.

The indictment stems from a tragic incident in which Officer Diller was fatally shot during a routine traffic stop in Queens in March. Diller was a three-year veteran of the force.

Rivera could face up to 30 years in prison, according to Katz, who stressed the importance of holding individuals accountable for targeting law enforcement

“We need to make sure we hold people accountable. They go after our law enforcement. Going after law enforcement in the city of New York sends a message. We want to send a message back. You can't do that. We will indict you for it. And today we did that,” Katz stated. 

Describing Rivera as a “vicious career criminal,” Police Benevolent Association (PBA) President Patrick Hendry expressed outrage at the fatal shooting happening in the first place, per Fox News.

“There is no excuse, none whatsoever, for this individual to have been out of jail during the time of this homicide of police officer Diller,” Hendry said.