NYPD Officer From Hudson Valley Killed
An NYPD officer who lived and grew up in the Hudson Valley was killed in the line of duty.
On Sunday just after midnight, NYPD police officers assigned to the Bronx Borough Anti-Crime Unit were patrolling the streets around the Edenwald Houses following reports of gang violence.
Behind the building, three officers in one police car got out of their vehicle to question a man. The man fled and a foot pursuit ensued. As Officer Brian Mulkeen and his partner attempted to apprehend the man, a violent struggle on the ground began, police say.
On body-worn camera video, Officer Mulkeen can be heard yelling, "He's reaching for it - he's reaching for it." The man then fired many shots, hitting Mulkeen three times, police say.
Five officers at the location fired their service weapons at the unnamed shooter, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said the shooter was a 27-year-old man who was on probation until 2022 for a narcotics-related arrest last year. He has several prior arrests in various places, including a burglary conviction in Rockland County.
Mulkeen, 33, was critically injured and rushed to Jacobi Medical Center, where he was pronounced deceased. Mulkeen worked with the NYPD for over six years, he lived in Westchester County with his girlfriend, also an NYPD officer.
"I am absolutely heartbroken by the tragic loss of NYPD Officer Brian Mulkeen, who was shot and killed in the line of duty early Sunday morning in The Bronx," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. "At 33, Officer Mulkeen was taken far, far too early from his family and from the city he sacrificed everything to protect. He is the embodiment of bravery and a true New York hero. On behalf of the New York family, I extend my deepest sympathies to Officer Mulkeen's family and loved ones during this excruciatingly painful period and I ask all New Yorkers to keep them in their prayers."
Mulkeen grew up in Orange County and graduated from Monroe Woodbury High School. He started his career working for the Town of Tuxedo Police Department.
"He 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," the Town of Tuxedo Police Department said on Facebook.