ATLANTA-- A man who shot and killed two New York police officers while they sat in their patrol car had a lengthy prior criminal record in Metro Atlanta.
According to the Police Commissioner William Bratton, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, walked up to the officers in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood and shot them in the head and upper body. Brinsley then ran inside a subway station and fatally shot himself in the head.
Bratton says gunman Ismaaiyl Brinsley shot and wounded his former girlfriend in Baltimore earlier Saturday and made posts from her Instagram account.
Authorities didn't get into the specifics of the contents of the posts, but two officials told The Associated Press that he posted about shooting two "pigs" in retaliation for the death of Eric Garner. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.
11Alive News has uncovered numerous arrest reports for Brinsley in several cities and counties in Metro Atlanta. As early as 2004, he was arrested by MARTA officers for simple battery. In 2005, he was booked in the Fulton County jail for disorderly conduct. Brinsley was incarcerated again several times over the following years for charges including shoplifting, obstructing officers, criminal trespassing. In 2010 Atlanta police charged Brinsley with making terroristic threats and possession of marijuana. In 2013, he spent time in the Cobb County jail for violating his probation and having a stole firearm in his possession.
On a number of the local arrest reports, Brinsley listed New York as him home address though it appears he lived in Union City, GA for an undisclosed amount of time.