NYPD Officer Was Killed By Friendly Fire While Fighting Armed Suspect

NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill announced Monday that Officer Brian Mulkeen was killed by friendly fire on Sunday.

New York, NY – Officials announced Monday afternoon that the New York Police Department (NYPD) officer fatally shot in the line of the duty on Sunday morning was killed by friendly fire.

NYPD Police Commissioner James O’Neill faced reporters from police headquarters and explained what investigators believed happened when NYPD Officer Brian Mulkeen was shot.

“Our investigation so far has found that Officer Mulkeen retained his firearm during the entire violent struggle he had with the suspect,” Commissioner O’Neill said. “Brian was the one who fired his own weapon and he fired five rounds at the suspect. As we told you on Sunday, the suspect’s loaded gun was not fired during this incident.”

“Investigation has also found that Officer Mulkeen’s partners fired 10 rounds, and two of those rounds struck Officer Mulkeen,” the commissioner continued.

“This is a tragic case of friendly fire but make no mistake, we lost the life of a courageous public servant due solely to a violent criminal who put the lives of the police, and all of the people we serve, in jeopardy,” he said.

Police said the 27-year-old armed suspect was on probation for a narcotics-related arrest and had a criminal history that included a burglary conviction.

Officer Mulkeen, a seven-year veteran of the department, was killed while on patrol with the Bronx Borough Anti-Crime Unit out of the 47th Precinct at about 12:30 a.m. on Sept. 29, according to NYPD Force Investigation Division Deputy Chief Kevin Maloney.

Chief Maloney said that Officer Mulkeen and his partners tried to stop two men near the Edenwald Houses apartment project and one of the men fled on foot.

NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan told reporters at a press conference early on Sunday morning that “a violent struggle on the ground began” after Officer Mulkeen caught up with the suspect and took him to the ground.

Chief Monahan said that Officer Mulkeen’s bodycam footage captured the young officer yelling “he’s reaching for it, he’s reaching for it!” before gunfire erupted, The Washington Post reported.

“During the struggle, the officers discharged a total of 15 rounds and the suspect and one officer was struck by those discharged rounds,” Chief Maloney explained on Monday.

Commissioner O’Neill spoke about Officer Mulkeen’s bravery during the incident that ended his life.

“Brian was the one that initiated the chase – I saw some of the bodyworn camera footage and I gotta tell ya, there’s 36,000 cops in this police department and each one of them incredible human beings. But I’m not sure if everybody would have done that. He displayed incredible, incredible courage,” the commissioners told reporters.

He said the investigation was ongoing and that investigators were reviewing bodycam video from five out of six bodycams present at the incident.

Commissioner O’Neill said Officer Mulkeen never had a chance to activate his own bodycam before he was killed.

“It was a violent struggle and from start to finish, from first round to last round, was 10 seconds. Just think about that. Think about how quick that is,” he said.

NYPD initially reported on Sunday that Officer Mulkeen had been shot three times, but Commissioner O’Neill said it turned out the officer had been shot twice and one of the wounds had gone all the way through, leaving two holes.

Chief Monahan told reporters initially that it was unclear how Officer Mulkeen had been killed.

Commissioner O’Neill’s announcement the next day that the young officer was killed by friendly fire was a stunning admission in light of the fact that Officer Mulkeen is the second NYPD officer killed by friendly fire in the line of duty so far this year.

NYPD Detective Brian Simonsen was fatally shot in the line of duty by other officers on Feb. 12 while responding to an armed robbery in a T-Mobile store.

The suspect who caused the friendly-fire incident later claimed that the robbery had just been a prank that he was filming for YouTube.

Commissioner O’Neill said the bodycam video from the incident that led to Officer Mulkeen’s line-of-duty death would eventually be released to the public.

The commissioner said that the officer was in plainclothes when the incident occurred but that he was equipped with a bullet-proof vest.

He refused to release the names of Officer Mulkeen’s partners and told reporters he would not discuss details about who had fired the fatal bullets until the investigation was completed.

Comments (64)
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Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

I wonder who y'all will say should be protesting right now.

JBo
JBo

What an absolute tragedy. We try so hard and sometimes what we do just won't work like it should. Prayers to blood and blue.

flybynight
flybynight

"Chief Monahan said the 27-year-old suspect was on probation for a narcotics-related arrest when he was fatally shot by police, according to The Washington Post.

The chief also said the suspect had a criminal history that included a burglary conviction"

I vote we put the blame on this low life.

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

Please don't ever release who shot the round(s) that hit this officer.

We had a shooting in San Jose back in the late '80s, where one officer was shot by friendly fire as they were attempting to detain a fleeing subject that hat shot another officer in the head after a struggle. It was determined that the second officer has been hit from a round fired from across the street.

Two officers could have made that shot. They determined who it came from, but they never told them. It was a tragedy, not any wrongdoing. Almost to a man every one I talked to said they'd prefer it that way. You can believe it was the other guy's bullet.

MizzV
MizzV

I don't understand why you don't physically intervene to help your partner rather than start shooting AT the perp AND your fellow officer!

Is this how y'all are trained to help?! So damn sad!

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

This is a tragedy for everyone involved (except the perp). If it was his partner can you imagine his guilt?!!! God bless them all, I pray they get through this by supporting each other. Let's not lose sight on Officer Mulkeen 🙏🏼💙🖤💙🖤🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

Storm45
Storm45

I am old school LAPD and a has been by today's standards, but we went hands on all the time and nobody unholstered if an officer was involved in and to hand, we got our asses into the fight with him. Different times. Us old law dogs predicted this sort of thing when tasers became the SOP instead of a baton or hands on. Too many cops are too scared or do not know how to fight. It is not their fault. It is about politics and leadership.

Marxest
Marxest

i had a bad feeling that he was killed by friendly fire. It has happened at least twice before to NYPD Officers. My heart bleeds even more for Officer Mulkeen. Rest in Peace Officer Mulkeen.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

I posted "roll tape" on the earlier thread about the violent passing of Officer Mulkeen. Now everyone is liking that comment and it has eight million "likes."

61mouse
61mouse

Oh great now the thugs family will sue the police . Sometimes what the public doesn't isn't a bad thing and this was one of them .Now the mayor and Coumo who gagged when they were trying to make themselves look good will now go after the other cops

LEO0301
LEO0301

Oops, Forgot Stevie Ray Vaughn and Eddie Van Halen. Can't think of a black guitarist other than Jimmie Hendrix that could make my list and personally I think he was overrated.