Mary MuellerSep 27, 2017, 5:01 pmSep 27, 2017, 10:54 pm

Suspected gunman who shot Yonkers police officer was facing previous weapons charges

Frank Valencia, 18, allegedly had threatened his own father with a gun in July

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After the shooting of Yonkers police officer Kayla Maher, authorities visited the home of 18-year-old Frank Valencia's mother in New Rochelle.

Valencia has not been officially named by police as the gunman who fired the shots that left Maher injured, but a source with knowledge of the investigation tells FiOS1 News that Valencia is the suspected gunman and is currently hospitalized after being shot by police.

The source also told FiOS1 that Valencia should have been at the City Court in New Rochelle on Monday to face a judge after allegedly threatening his own father with a gun in July. But Valencia apparently never arrived to face weapons charges, and the judge had issued a bench warrant for his arrest just hours before his gun battle with police.

"We are going to hold this person accountable for his actions," Yonkers Police Commissioner Charles Gardner said. "And we anticipate the charge of attempted murder in the first degree."

Valencia's record is not confined to Westchester County. Last week, Valencia was in a Bronx courthouse on gun charges, but was given probation as he was 17 at the time.

A second suspect in the shooting has been arraigned at Yonkers City Court. 22-year-old Jerry Reyes of New Rochelle has been charged with criminal possession of a weapon, and if convicted could face a minimum of three years in state prison.

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