The police have now named the man who fought with a NYPD officer over the cop's gun during an arrest, resulting in both deaths early on Sunday.
Antonio Lavance Williams, 27, was identified as the man who fought around 12.30 pm with six-year-old NYPD veteran Brian Mulkeen, 33, near the Edenwald Houses on the Bronx Sunday. CBS 2.
Mulkeen patrolled the streets around the city's apartment complex as part of the Bronx Borough Anti-Crime Unit and investigated potential gang activity when the fatal incident occurred.
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The police have identified Antonio Lavance Williams, 27 (left), as the man NYPD officer Brian Mulkeen, 33 (right) fought early Sunday. Both men died during the incident
Williams, who was reportedly a gang member, was on trial until 2022 for an arrest of narcotics last year at the time of the fatal shooting.
The suspect also has several previous arrests at & # 39; various places & # 39; including a burglary conviction in Rockland County, police said.
Sources told the New York Post that Williams had a total of three previous arrests, two of which were crimes and one a crime.
During the incident, Mulkeen was shot three times, possibly with his own gun, grabbing the floor with the man who is now identified as Williams.
& # 39; We've lost a hero tonight & # 39 ;, Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference outside the Jacobi Medical Center on Sunday.
It was claimed that Williams was on trial until 2022 for an arrest of last year's drugs at the time of the fatal shooting
NYPD investigators can be seen above in the Bronx, where Mulkeen and his partner tried to arrest an unnamed suspect at the Edenwald houses on East 229th Street on Sunday around 12.30 p.m.
The police have released the photo (above) of a .32 caliber revolver recovered from the land where the deadly melee had taken place
Mulkeen and his partner attempted to arrest Williams after fleeing the interrogation at the Edenwald houses.
Williams was confronted with three other officers who emerged from a patrol car to interrogate him and a & # 39; violent fight & # 39; followed, the police said.
The name of the suspect has not been officially released.
Monahan said that Mulkeen can be heard on bodycam images that shout: & he reaches for it – he reaches for it & # 39 ;, in reference to the gun.
Mulkeen was then shot in the head, chest and legs.
Meanwhile, five officers, also on the spot, have released their weapons and killed Williams.
Williams would be armed with a .32 caliber revolver, but the police said it didn't look like his gun was fired.
Mulkeen's gun, however, had been fired five times, although it was unclear whether Mulkeen or Williams were the ones pulling the trigger.
Mulkeen died after being rushed to Jacobi Medical Center, an area trauma center.
The police did not release the images of the body cam.
Mulkeen was hit three times by gunfire, possibly with his own weapon, while he grabbed the ground with the suspect who was also armed. Police officers (above) look in the shooting scene for more answers about what happened
Mulkeen can be heard on video footage taken by his body camera that shouts: & # 39; He reaches for it – he reaches for it & # 39 ;, just before bullets were fired. Police officers (above) search the area outside the Edenwald houses where the deadly melee took 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.
& # 39; Such tragedies are not only an insult to men and women in blue, but to all the people who proudly serve our police, & # 39; said the hospital chief.
Mulkeen, who lived with his girlfriend in Yorktown Heights, was appointed on January 9, 2013 and served as the 47th district in the Bronx. His girlfriend is an officer from the 44th Precinct, also in the Bronx.
On-site investigators after Mulkeen was murdered outside of a Bronx housing project are shown above. Mulkeen is the second NYPD officer who was killed in service this year
Researchers (above) worked into the morning hours to determine how events unfolded in the deadly melee, causing Mulkeen to be fatally shot
& # 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.
Sales manager Terence A. Monahan (pictured above) said that a & # 39; brave & # 39; Mulkeen & # 39; did the work we asked him to do – the work New Yorkers had to do him & # 39; when he & # 39; was shot and killed & # 39;
& # 39; It is painful in every way & # 39 ;, said Mayor Bill de Blasio (above), referring to the Mulkeen sacrifice. and for support for the agent's family. & # 39; We must be there for him. He was there for us, & the mayor added
& # 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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