Alastasia Bryan survived working at the one of the largest and most notorious correctional institutions in the world, New York City’s main jail, Riker’s Island – ranked as one of the ten worst in the U.S. – but she didn’t stand a chance when she was ambushed while visiting her family’s neighborhood in Brooklyn.

The 25-year-old corrections officer was struck by gunfire from a passing car and died at the scene according to city authorities who called it a “horrific murder.”

Sources, however, are unable to agree as to whether the attack was a premeditated ambush or a random killing, and investigators are counting on surveillance footage from security cameras to provide clues.

The assailant fled in a vehicle, which may be identified from video.

The City of New York’s Department of Corrections issued a statement calling Bryan’s death, “a tragic loss,” adding the standard message of sympathy, “Our thoughts are with the officer’s family, friends and colleagues.”

The union of corrections officers statement reflected its “shock and grief,” noting that Bryan was “one of the youngest members of New York City’s boldest.”

Bryan’s murder comes as the nation’s law enforcement officers have become the target of an unprecedented wave of attacks, including ambushes, in which over 61 officers have lost their lives since the beginning of the year.

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