NYPD Officer Brian Mulkeen Shot and Killed During Arrest

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2019-09-29 12:36:44

NYPD Officer Brian Mulkeen, an almost seven-year veteran of the force, was shot and killed during an arrest in the Bronx early Sunday morning.

Mulkeen, 33, was on patrol at the Edenwald Houses on East 229th Street around 12:30 a.m. when he and two other officers stopped a man for questioning.

The man fled, and during an attempt to stop him, a struggle ensued, the NYPD said. Mulkeen can be heard on a body camera yelling multiple times that the suspect was “reaching for it,” according to police. Footage from the camera shows the suspect reaching into his waistband for what was later identified as a .32 caliber revolver, the NYPD said.

Mulkeen was shot three times. Authorities said it appears his gun was the one that went off, and that the suspect’s gun was not fired during the struggle. The NYPD said it is still unclear who actually fired Mulkeen’s weapon.

Five officers then opened fire, hitting the suspect, a 27-year-old man with a record of narcotics and burglary convictions, police said. Law enforcement sources identified the suspect as Antonio Williams. 

Mulkeen was rushed to Jacobi Medical Center, where he later died.

“When we met with his family, Commissioner Tucker and Chief Monahan, a number of us, spent time with his mom and his dad, his sister, his girlfriend and we broke the news to them.And one of the things they told us, even with their grief, was that Brian made a choice, an incredibly noble choice, to leave a civilian life, a lucrative career,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference at the hospital. 

“He wanted to protect other people. He loves this city. He wanted to protect other people. He put his life on the line and he gave his life for all of us.”

Flags around the city will be lowered to half-staff in honor of Mulkeen, de Blasio added.

Mulkeen, who joined the force on January 9, 2013, was assigned to the Bronx Borough Anti-Crime Unit, the NYPD said. 

NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan joined de Blasio and other department officials at the news conference to commemorate “a great cop dedicated to keeping this city safe.”

“Tonight is a vivid example of the dangers New York City cops face every day. And, there’s never a doubt that our officers will continue to put it all on the line to keep people safe,” Monahan added. 

Mulkeen, a resident of Yorktown Heights, leaves behind a girlfriend who is also an NYPD officer. 

“[Mulkeen] is the embodiment of bravery and a true New York hero. On behalf of the New York family, I extend my deepest sympathies to Officer Mulkeen’s family and loved ones during this excruciatingly painful period and I ask all New Yorkers to keep them in their prayers,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. 

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