(CNN)A New York Police Department officer with over six years of service was shot dead in the Bronx early Sunday, authorities said.
Brian Mulkeen, a 33 – year -old member of The Bronx Anti-Crime Unit, was investigating gang activity, including recent shootings with two other officers at about 12: 30 am Sunday, NYPD said.
The officers got out of their vehicle to question a man, who then fled, and the officers gave chase. As the officers tried to apprehend the suspect, a violent struggle on the ground began, NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan said.
In body-worn camera, Mulkeen can be heard yelling ” He’s reaching for it. He’s reaching for it, “Monahan said.
Multiple shots were fired and Mulkeen was shot three times. He was pronounced dead at a hospital soon after.
Five officers at the scene fired their weapons, striking and killing the suspect. The 27 – year-old was on probation for a narcotics-related arrest last year and had several prior arrests, including a burglary in Rockland County, Monahan said. A firearm was recovered at the scene, NYPD said.
Mulkeen had served on the NYPD for over six and a half years and lived in Yorktown Heights with his girlfriend, who is also an
“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,” Monahan said . “Brian was a great cop dedicated to keeping this city safe.”
“There is no worse a moment in our profession than this,” NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill tweeted. “Please keep Brian’s family & colleagues in your thoughts.”
Mulkeen is the second NYPD officer to be shot and killed on the street this year. In February, anNYPD detective was fatally shotin a friendly fire incident as police responded to a reported robbery in Queens. The suspect had a replica handgun, police said.
In addition,nine NYPD officers have died by suicidethis year, a cluster that has rattled the department.
Sunday’s killing comes more than a dayafter a gunman shot dead Texas Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal,an observant Sikh who gained national attention years ago when he got permission to wear a turban as part of his Harris County Sheriff’s Office uniform.
Dhaliwal had stopped a man for a traffic violation and was walking back to his patrol car Friday afternoon when he was shot twice, including at least once in the back of the head, authorities said.