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NYPD officer shot and killed during struggle with suspect

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    Emergency personnel walk near the scene of a fatal shooting of a New York City police officer in the Bronx borough of New York, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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    Emergency personnel stand near the scene of a fatal shooting of a police officer in the Bronx borough of New York, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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    In this photo provided by the New York City Police Department, a hand gun recovered at the scene of a shooting sits on the pavement in the area where New York City police officer Brian Mulkeen was shot and killed early in the morning Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in the Bronx borough of New York. Mulkeen and his partner tried to apprehend a man who had fled questioning, and a struggle on the ground ensued. Mulkeen was struck by multiple bullets. (NYPD via AP)

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    Police officers stand in front of the 47th precinct, near the scene of a fatal shooting of a New York City police officer in the Bronx borough of New York, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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    Emergency personnel work near the scene of a fatal shooting of a police officer in the Bronx borough of New York, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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    Emergency personnel work near the scene of a fatal shooting of a police officer in the Bronx borough of New York, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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    Police officers escort residents through police tape near the scene of a fatal shooting of a police officer in the Bronx borough of New York, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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    Emergency personnel work near the scene of a fatal shooting of a police officer in the Bronx borough of New York, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Published September 29. 2019 09:28PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City police officer grappling with an armed man died early Sunday in the Bronx after being shot three times, possibly with his own gun.

The 27-year-old suspect also died after five officers fired at him, police officials said. He has not been publicly identified yet.

The NYPD identified the slain officer as 33-year-old Brian Mulkeen.

“We lost a hero this evening,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference outside Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx.

Mulkeen was patrolling the streets around a city apartment complex at around 12:30 a.m. as part of a unit investigating potential gang activity, Chief of Department Terence Monahan said.

Mulkeen and his partner tried to apprehend a man who had fled questioning, and a struggle on the ground ensued, Monahan said.

As the men wrestled, Mulkeen’s body camera recorded him saying, “He’s reaching for it! He’s reaching for it!”

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

A .32-caliber revolver that police say belonged to the man was recovered. It had not been fired, Monahan said.

Monahan said the suspect was on probation until 2022 for a narcotics-related arrest last year and had several prior arrests, including a burglary conviction in Rockland County.

Mulkeen had served nearly seven years with the department and worked out of the 47th precinct. He lived with his girlfriend, an NYPD police officer in the Bronx’s 44th precinct.

Monahan called the officer “brave,” and said he was “doing the job we asked him to do, a job that New Yorkers needed him to do.”

The track and field program at Fordham University in the Bronx posted that Mulkeen was an alumnus, and had recently become a volunteer coach. The program said that as a student, he was part of the 2008 team that won the Metropolitan Outdoor Track & Field Championship, a first for the program.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, at an unrelated event, said Mulkeen “made the greatest sacrifice. He put his life on the line and he lost it in service to the people of this city.”

The NYPD has had a difficult year, with a number of tragic deaths.

Mulkeen is the second NYPD officer killed in the line of duty, following Detective Brian Simonsen, who was accidentally shot by fellow officers in February 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.”

Mulkeen’s death comes as the NYPD has declared a mental health emergency amid a spate of suicides by police officers. Nine NYPD officers have taken their own lives this year, a disturbing trend that is also happening throughout the country.

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Mayor de Blasio said, “We lost a hero this evening,” but not having ID of the cop killer, I might question who the mayor refers to?
de Blasio is no fan of law and order so...
Suppose this cop killer is an undocumented criminal (illegal alien)? Who could discuss that in NYC?
Ignore certain criminals? Don't say certain words or be fined? The Big Apple has begun to rot.
WE'll see, don't want to be making knee jerk conclusions.
So you are suggesting that de Blasio would consider a cop killer a "hero"? Don't worry, the perp was identified yesterday (way to keep up) and not only is he not undocumented, he isn't even latino.

Since its unfortunate the first post on this article showed little regard for the victim, I will add this police officer and family to our prayers.
Moronic post from a damaged mind. Keep'em coming, at least we'll know where you are. We're safe as long as you're locked up in a room posting and not out in public, endangering lives.
R.I.P. Officer Mulkeen. My house will stand down in your honor. Thoughts and prayers to your family. Thank you to all Police Officers & First Responders. You deserve respect.
NYC Mayor de Blasio is the worst Mayor that the city has ever had. Combining progressive socialism along with a tone deaf understanding of Police protocol his numbers reflect his dislike. The affluent are leaving in droves as de Blasio lusts after their wealth. The Police are openly insulted and disrespected right from the Mayors mouth. Unlawful citizens throw water, or worse, on the LEO’s. The Mayor doesn’t even stand up for his Officers. The Police turn their backs on de Blasio at ceremonies, as he has always turned his back on them. Police recruitment is down. Not only is de Blasio fully incompetent, but, he is also fully unaware of his incompetence. Crime is out of control. Bring Rudy back. Impeach de Blasio.
He was breaking a law, as anyone of us are capable of doing anytime, but, he should have just cooperated with the police. What a shame that he died over such non-sense. I'm certain the Police had no premeditated intentions to kill here, and they now have to live with this. SAD!
Right Al. I might add that laws were made that Police Officers were asked to enforce. Also, do not try to resist the Police when they question you. There is plenty of blame to go around. What a sad thing. So many things could have been differently.

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