(Reuters) – A New York police officer was shot and killed by “pleasant fireplace” on Sunday whereas investigating gang exercise within the Bronx and a suspect additionally died within the incident, police mentioned on Monday.
Officer Brian Mulkeen, 33, was the second New York police officer shot useless by colleagues within the line of obligation this 12 months.
“This can be a tragic case of pleasant fireplace however, make no mistake, we misplaced the lifetime of a brave public servant solely resulting from a violent felony who put the lives of the police and all of the folks we serve in jeopardy,” New York Police Division Commissioner James O’Neill mentioned.
The incident occurred after Mulkeen and two different officers bought out of their automobile to query the suspect at round 12.30 a.m. on Sunday.
The 27-year-old suspect fled, resulting in a chase on foot.
A violent battle broke out on the bottom as Mulkeen and his companions tried to apprehend the person, police mentioned.
Video from a physique digicam recorded Mulkeen saying: “He’s reaching for it, he’s reaching for it.” Pictures had been then fired and Mulkeen was struck twice, police mentioned.
O’Neill mentioned Mulkeen’s companions fired 10 rounds on the suspect and Mulkeen fired 5.
Mulkeen and the suspect had been rushed to hospital, the place they had been each pronounced useless.
Police mentioned they recovered a firearm from the scene that was not fired in the course of the incident and was believed to have belonged to the suspect.
The suspect, who police didn’t determine, was on probation till 2022 for a narcotics-related arrest final 12 months and had a number of prior arrests, together with a housebreaking conviction, police mentioned.
Mulkeen, who served greater than six years with the NYPD, was the 37th legislation enforcement officer killed by gunfire within the line of obligation in 2019, in line with the Officer Down Memorial Web page, a web site that data police deaths.
His demise follows the pleasant fireplace taking pictures of an NYPD detective in February as police responded to a reported theft at a cell phone retailer in Queens.
Reporting by Andrew Hay; Modifying by Paul Tait