Shooter Charged with First-Degree Murder in Killing of Queens Police Officer

Far Rockaway, Queens – The community of Far Rockaway mourns the loss of Police Officer Jonathan Diller, who was tragically killed in the line of duty on March 25, 2024. The alleged shooter, Guy Rivera, now faces serious charges including first-degree murder for his role in the officer’s death.

District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Rivera, 34, has been charged with first-degree murder, which carries a penalty of life imprisonment without parole upon conviction. The incident unfolded when Diller and his partner, Sergeant Sasha Rosen, encountered Rivera on Mott Avenue in Far Rockaway.

Rivera, who had a history of criminal offenses, allegedly opened fire on Diller after being approached by the officers. In the exchange of gunfire, Rivera was also wounded and hospitalized following the incident. Tragically, Diller succumbed to his injuries despite efforts to save him at Jamaica Hospital.

The loss of Officer Diller has deeply impacted his family, including his wife and infant son. The Queens District Attorney emphasized the significance of seeking justice for Diller, who was simply carrying out his duties to protect and serve the community.

The events leading up to the shooting suggest that Rivera and another suspect, Lindy Jones, may have been involved in criminal activity. Authorities believe the suspects were planning a robbery when Diller and Rosen intervened, leading to the fatal confrontation.

Following the shooting, Rivera faces multiple charges, including attempted murder, possession of a weapon, and additional weapons-related offenses. Despite the tragedy, the NYPD remains dedicated to upholding justice for Officer Diller and his family.

As the community prepares to bid farewell to Officer Diller with a wake and funeral service, the impact of his loss reverberates throughout the city. The bravery and dedication exemplified by Diller serve as a reminder of the risks faced by law enforcement officers in the line of duty.