The NYPD mourned the loss of one of her after a cop was shot dead – possibly with his own gun, including one in the head – while struggling on the floor with a suspect outside a Bronx housing project in early Sunday.
Officer Brian Mulkeen, 33, and his partner attempted to arrest an unnamed suspect near the Edenwald houses on East 229th Street around 12.30, police said.
The suspect had fled at the time after being confronted with three other officers who came out of a patrol car to interrogate him.
The NYPD mourned the loss of officer Brian Mulkeen, 33 (pictured above), who was shot deadly – possibly with his own gun, including one in the head – while struggling on the floor with a suspect outside a housing project in the Bronx early sunday
When Mulkeen and his partner intervened to pursue the suspect, a & # 39; violent fight & # 39; on the ground between the officer and the suspect, the police said.
Mulkeen can be heard on video images from his body camera shouting: "He reaches for it – he reaches for it", said department manager Terence A. Monahan.
The fire broke out and Mulkeen was hit three times, possibly with his own gun, while he grabbed the ground with the suspect who was also armed. Sources said the officer was shot in the head, chest and legs, reports the New York Post.
Mulkeen died after being rushed to Jacobi Medical Center, an area trauma center.
Meanwhile, five officers, also on the spot, unloaded their weapons and killed the suspect. According to the NYPD, he was described as a 27-year-old man who was on trial for a drug-related arrest until 2022.
The suspect also has several previous arrests at & # 39; various places & # 39; including a burglary conviction in Rockland County, police said. His name was not released, although the New York Daily News identifies the suspect as Antonio Lavance Williams.
The police have released the photo (above) of a .32 caliber revolver recovered from the land where the deadly melee had taken place
The police released the photo of a 0.32 caliber revolver found in the ground where the deadly melee had taken place.
When asked to confirm whether Mulkeen's service weapon had turned against him, a NYPD spokesperson said the authorities were still investigating.
The gun that shot Mulkeen still needs to be sent to a laboratory to confirm its origin, the NYPD spokesperson told DailyMail.com.
A & # 39; brave & # 39; Mulkeen was & # 39; doing the work we asked him to do – the work New Yorkers had to do him & # 39; when he & # 39; was shot and killed & # 39 ;, said Monahan, in a statement made while he spoke in the hospital next to him Mayor Bill de Blasio.
"This kind of tragedy is not only an insult to the men and women in blue, but to all the people who proudly serve our police," the hospital chief said.
Mulkeen, who lived with his girlfriend in Yorktown Heights, was appointed on January 9, 2013 and served as the 44th district in the Bronx.
Mulkeen is the second NYPD officer who was killed in service this year. Detective Brian Simonsen was accidentally shot by fellow officers in February while confronted with a suspect
He collaborated with the Bronx Borough Anti-Crime Unit in the streets around the Edenwald houses during the deadly shooting.
& # 39; It is painful in every way, & # 39; said the Blasio, referring to the heroic officer's sacrifice. and for support for the agent's family.
& # 39; We must be there for him. He was there for us, & the mayor added.
Mulkeen is the second NYPD officer who was killed in service this year. Detective Brian Simonsen was accidentally shot by fellow officers in February while confronted with a suspect.
& # 39; We have been here too often. "We know the directions to get here," said Pat Lynch, president of the Police Benevolent Association of New York City, at the press conference. & # 39; It must stop. & # 39;
& # 39; Brian was a great agent dedicated to keeping this city safe. In fact, he arrested a man in possession of a gun in the same district last night, & Monahan said.
According to the chief, the fatal shooting was a lively example of the dangers that the police in New York face every day. And there is no doubt that our officers will put everything at stake to protect people. & # 39;
& # 39; Tragedies like these are not only an insult to the men and women in blue, but to all the people who proudly serve our police, Monahan added.
The chief thanked people who had already reached the department to express their condolences. & # 39; We ask everyone to keep Officer Mulkeen's loved ones in mind and prayers. & # 39;
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