Monday, September 30, 2019


Hero cop killed in Bronx during hand-to-hand struggle with armed suspect

By Larry Celona, Alex Taylor and Laura Italiano

New York Post
September 29, 2019

A hero NYPD officer was fatally shot early Sunday during a desperate, hand-to-hand struggle with an armed suspect just after midnight on the grounds of the Edenwald Houses in The Bronx.

Officer Brian Mulkeen, 33, a six-year veteran of the department, did not survive three gunshot injuries, Chief of Department Terence Monahan told reporters at Jacobi Hospital, where doctors had worked to save his life.

Sources said Mulkeen had been shot with his own weapon in the head, chest and legs as he and the suspect wrestled on the ground.

The suspect, too, was fatally shot. “Five officers at the location fired their service weapons, striking the man,” Monahan said.

The fallen officer’s last words, recorded by his body-camera as he wrestled on the ground with the suspect, were “He’s reaching for it! He’s reaching for it!” Monahan told reporters.

Moments later, “numerous shots” were fired, he said.

“Officer Mulkeen’s gun fired five times,” Monahan said. “At this point, it is not clear who fired Officer Mulkeen’s gun.”

The suspect’s gun, a 32 caliber revolver, did not appear to have been fired, he said.

“As cops we know how rewarding our profession can be,” the chief added, his sadness apparent in his voice.

“But I’ll tell you: There is absolutely no worse moment on our job than this. 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.”

The deadly encounter happened just after 12:30 a.m., as Mulkeen and two fellow plainclothes officers with the Bronx Borough Anti-Crime Unit, which is based in the nearby 47th Precinct, hopped out of their vehicle to speak with the suspected gang member, Monahan said.

“They were there because of gang activity that included recent shootings,” Monahan said.

The suspect, whose name was not released early Sunday, broke into a run, Monahan said.

It was Mulkeen — who lived in Yorktown Heights with his girlfriend, also a cop in The Bronx, with the 44th Precinct — who caught up with the suspect and tackled him first.

It was unclear at what point it had become apparent that the suspect was armed.

“He had a 32 cal revolver. He was seen reaching for his gun,” Monahan said.

“Officer Mulkeen was on the ground wrestling with the suspect for an extended period of time,” before the gunfire erupted, Monahan said.

The 27-year-old gunman was on probation until 2022 for a narcotics-related arrest from last year, the chief said, and had a burglary conviction from Rockland County. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mulkeen “was a great cop,” the chief added. “Just last night he arrested a man for possession of a gun in this very same precinct.”

Mayor de Blasio joined Monahan and PBA President Pat Lynch in asking all of New York to pray for Mulkeen’s heartbroken family — and his grieving NYPD family.

“This is a very, very sad day for our city,” Mayor de Blasio said at the press conference.

“We lost a hero this evening … This is a young man who made a choice to join the NYPD and put his life on the line.”

Mulkeen’s mother and father, sister and girlfriend had rushed to Jacobi hospital, the mayor said.

“We broke the news to them and one of the things they told us, even though their grief, was that Brian made a choice. He wanted to leave civilian life … he wanted to protect our city … he gave his life for all of us.”

A shaken Lynch called the suspect, “This soulless individual,” and lamented of the family, “Their hero — our hero — is not coming home.”

Earlier Sunday, police radio transmissions had recorded the worried panic of officers at the scene.

“Shots fired shots fired shots fired guys! I need a bus! I need a bus!” a male officer shouted, using police jargon for an ambulance.

“Laconia and 229!” another shouted of the shooting location.

“There was a cop lying on the floor and another guy who looked like he’d been shot in the eye,” witness Sara Diaz, 56, told The Post. “Oh my god, I got so nervous.”

Suspect in NYPD cop Brian Mulkeen shooting identified as Antonio Lavance Williams

By Anabel Sosa, Tina Moore and Aaron Feis

New York Post
September 29, 2019

The ex-con whose hand-to-hand struggle with a Bronx cop for the lawman’s gun ended with both men being shot dead early Sunday has been identified by police sources as Antonio Lavance Williams.

When hero Officer Brian Mulkeen caught up to the fleeing purported gangbanger around 12:30 a.m. in NYCHA’s Edenwald Houses, Williams made a desperate grab for Mulkeen’s service weapon, according to authorities.

“He’s reaching for it!” were Mulkeen’s last words, caught by his own body-camera, before five shots rang out from his gun.

Rounds struck Mulkeen, 33, in the head, chest and legs, while Williams — who was armed with a .32 caliber revolver — was gunned down by Mulkeen’s brothers in blue, according to police.

Neither man survived.

Williams, 27, was on probation until 2022 for a narcotics arrest from last year, and has a prior burglary conviction from Rockland County, according to officials.

Sources added that he has a total of three prior arrests in the five boroughs: Two for felonies, and one for a misdemeanor.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Had Officer Mulkeen been killed a month earlier, a picture of Antonio Williams might have been flashed around the hearing room of the House Judiciary Committee meeting on Police Oversight, along with the pictures of black men killed by the police.

1 comment:

Trey Rusk said...

He took the oath and he did his job. It happens. Officer Mulkeen was a protector and is a hero. RIP.