NEW YORK – An officer with the NYPD was fatally shot early Sunday morning in the Bronx by a man who was later shot and killed by other officers.
Brian Mulkeen, 33, who lived in Yorktown Heights, started his police career in Tuxedo and was a native of Monroe.
Just before he was mortally shot, on body-worn camera video, Mulkeen can be heard yelling, “He’s reaching for it – he’s reaching for it.” Gunshots rang out and the officer was struck three times. He died at a hospital.
Mulkeen was a 6 1/2 year veteran on the force, who lived in Yorktown Heights with his girlfriend.
The suspect, Antonio Williams, who was 27, was on probation for a narcotics offense and a burglary in Rockland County.
A statement from the Tuxedo Town Police Department read, Mulkeen “brought joy, and caring with him when he came. He followed his dream. He will always be one of us, remembered for his courage, his love and his drive. We will never forget, we will always be with you. Rest now.”
Monroe Village Mayor Neil Dwyer noted Mulkeen, whose family lives in Monroe, attended Monroe-Woodbury schools.
“He will be remembered in so many ways, but today we remember him as a hero, an officer, who without hesitation, stepped into harm’s way to protect and serve.”
“This tragedy serves as another reminder that every day our police officers put their lives at risk to serve and protect us,” said Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus.
“Brian was a great cop dedicated to keeping this city safe,” said Chief of Department Terrance Monahan. “In fact, just last night he arrested a man in possession of a gun in the very same precinct.”