THE BRONX — An NYPD officer was fatally shot in the Bronx early Sunday, and a suspect was later shot dead, NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan said.
Officer Brian Mulkeen, 33, was shot three times, officials said. He'd been with the NYPD for more than six years.
"A brave NYPD police officer doing the job we asked him to do - the job that New Yorkers needed him to do - was shot and killed," Monahan said.
Chief Monahan described the incident during an early morning news conference on Sunday.
Mulkeen and his partner were patrolling the streets around the Edenwald Houses around 12:30 a.m. They were investigating gang activity, which included recent shootings in the area.
Three other officers got out of their vehicle to question a man, who then fled. Mulkeen and his partner chased and caught up with the man.
They fought on the ground.
"He's reaching for it - he's reaching for it," Mulkeen can be heard saying on his body-worn camera video, according to Monahan.
Mulkeen was shot three times.
Five officers at the scene opened fire, Monahan said. The suspect was struck and pronounced dead at the scene.
Police described the suspect as a 27-year-old man who was on probation until 2022 for a narcotics-related arrest in 2018. The man also had a burglary conviction in Rockland County. Police recovered a .32-caliber revolver. Sources tell PIX11 that the suspect is Antonio Williams, who at the time of the shooting was out on parole for a narcotics-related arrest. It appeared the revolver was not fired, but Mulkeen's gun was fired five times, Monahan said
"At this point, it is not clear who fired Officer Mulkeen's gun," he said.
Mulkeen was rushed to a local hospital in critical condition, officials said. He was pronounced deceased there.
Officer Mulkeen lived in Yorktown Heights with his girlfriend, who is also a cop in the Bronx.
"As cops we know how rewarding our profession can be. But I'll tell you: There is absolutely no worse moment on our job than this," Monahan said. "As we stand here this morning, a young man with a bright future who courageously patrolled some of New York City's toughest streets has tragically lost his life."
He'd made an arrest for gun possession in the Bronx the night before he was killed.
"Brian was a great cop dedicated to keeping this city safe," Monahan said. "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."
Earlier this year Detective Brian Simonsen was killed by friendly fire while confronting a robbery suspect.
"We've been here too often. We know the directions to get here," Pat Lynch, the president of New York City's Police Benevolent Association, said at the press conference. "It has to stop."
The organization Blue Lives Matter has started a GoFundMe fundraiser page to raise money for Mulkeen's family.