New York State Senate presents proclamation recognizing heroism of NYPD Detective Sumit Sulan

New York Sate Senator Kevin Thomas presents the Proclamation Feb. 27, 2022, recognizing NYPD Detective Sumit Sulan’s bravery during a domestic violence incident that killed two other officers. Photo courtesy Office of Sen. Thomas.

New York State Senator Kevin Thomas presented NYPD Detective Sumit Sulan with a New York State Senate Proclamation recognizing his bravery and heroic actions during the fatal Harlem ambush that claimed the lives of two of his colleagues this Jan. 21, 2022. Proclamations can be made by individual senators and are then issued by the Senate as a whole.

The Proclamation was presented to Det. Sulan at the NYPD Desi Society’s General Meeting on Sunday, February 27. Following the violent incident, Sulan was described as a “Super Rookie” by his colleagues recognizing his brave actions since joining the 32nd Precinct.

Officer Sulan was accompanying Officers Wilbert Mora and Jason Rivera in responding to a domestic call on the night of Jan. 21. During the interaction, his colleagues were ambushed and fatally shot, one of them dying on the spot and the other at the hospital

Officer Sulan exhibited immense bravery when he pushed the mother and brother to safety, and returned fire on the gunman as he attempted to flee. The shooter, Lashawn McNeil, 47, was armed with a hyped-up Glock pistol fitted with a high capacity drum holding 50 rounds.

“We will always remember our heroes who risk their lives to protect us. Thank you, Officer Sulan, for your selfless service and bravery,” Senator Thomas is quoted saying in a press release from his office.

Det. Sulan immigrated from India with his parents 15 years ago. He became an active-duty officer last April (2021). He joined the 32nd Precinct two months before the tragic shooting. This Feb. 15, he was promoted to detective for his brave actions.

Following the promotion ceremony and swearing-in, Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell tweeted, “This morning, I had the honor of promoting Officer Sumit Sulan to the rank of detective as I spoke to the @nycpolicefdtn,” with a video showing Sulan’s swearing-in. “Like Detectives Mora & Rivera, Sumit’s actions were heroic that fateful night. He was presented a shield #332 – symbolizing three brothers from the @NYPD32Pct,” Sewell added.

President Biden led a standing ovation praising Sulan for his heroism Feb. 3 during his visit to One Police Plaza, New York City, the New York Post reported.

“Detectives Wilbert Mora and Jason Rivera are the who and what law enforcement ought to be,” Biden is quoted saying by the New York Post, adding, “Their futures were cut short by a man with a stolen Glock and a 40-round magazine and I want to thank the man back to my left, I think he’s sitting right there, for taking him on.”

“Stand up,” the president urged turning around and nodding to Sulan, the Post reported.




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