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Ex-con charged with murder of NYPD cop Jonathan Diller in Queens car stop shooting

Guy Rivera (Obtained by Daily News)
Guy Rivera (Obtained by Daily News)
Sheetal Banchariya
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The gunman accused of shooting an NYPD cop during a Queens car stop was charged with murder Thursday — just hours before the start of Officer Jonathan Diller’s wake, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced.

Guy Rivera, 34, was held without bail on first-degree murder charges for allegedly shooting Diller and with attempted murder for trying to shoot Sgt. Sasha Rosen. Rivera’s gun jammed after he fired a single fatal shot and Rosen escaped unharmed.

Dozens of cops packed the Queens courtroom where Rivera was arraigned via video from his Jamaica Hospital bed in Queens.

Officer Jonathan Diller (NYPD)
Slain NYPD Officer Jonathan Diller ,(NYPD)

Diller was shot Monday evening on Mott St. in Far Rockaway.

Police said Rivera, spotted moments earlier by Rosen with a gun in his hoodie pocket, tried to prevent Diller from pulling him out of the Kia Soul he had just entered.

Sgt. Rosen and officer Diller asked Rivera several times to roll down the window, prosecutors said.

Once they got the door open, Rivera slowly removed his seatbelt before quickly reaching for his gun and blasting Diller. The bullet lodged in his hip, striking an artery and causing massive internal bleeding, prosecutors said. Another officer returned fire, hitting Rivera twice.

During the struggle, he shot Diller, the bullet striking the cop beneath his bullet-resistant vest, according to cops. Diller died a short time later at Jamaica Hospital.

RIvera was shot and wounded by another officer and is recovering. Lindy Jones, 41, who was in the driver’s seat of the Soul, has been charged with gun possession.

If convicted, Rivera faces a possible sentence of life without the possibility for parole.

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