NYPD of­fi­cer shot and killed dur­ing strug­gle with sus­pect

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NEW YORK — A New York City po­lice of­fi­cer grap­pling with an armed man died early Sun­day in the Bronx af­ter be­ing shot three times, pos­si­bly with his own gun.

The 27-year-old sus­pect also died af­ter five of­fi­cers fired at him, po­lice of­fi­cials said. He has not been pub­licly iden­ti­fied.

The NYPD iden­ti­fied the slain of­fi­cer as 33-year-old Brian Mul­keen.

Mul­keen was pa­trolling the streets around a city apart­ment com­plex at around 12:30 a.m. as part of a unit in­ves­ti­gat­ing po­ten­tial gang ac­tiv­ity, Chief of Depart­ment Ter­ence Mon­a­han said.

Mul­keen and his part­ner tried to ap­pre­hend a man who had fled ques­tion­ing, and a strug­gle on the ground en­sued, Mon­a­han said.

As the men wres­tled, Mul­keen's body cam­era recorded him say­ing, “He's reach­ing for it! He's reach­ing for it!”

“Of­fi­cer Mul­keen's gun fired five times,” Mon­a­han said. “At this point, it is not clear who fired Of­fi­cer Mul­keen's gun.”

A .32-cal­iber re­volver that po­lice say be­longed to the man was re­cov­ered. It had not been fired, Mon­a­han said.

Mon­a­han said the sus­pect was on pro­ba­tion un­til 2022 for a nar­cotics-re­lated ar­rest last year and had sev­eral prior ar­rests, in­clud­ing a bur­glary con­vic­tion in Rock­land County.

Mul­keen had served nearly seven years with the depart­ment and worked out of the 47th precinct. He lived with his girl­friend, an NYPD po­lice of­fi­cer in the Bronx's 44th precinct.

Mon­a­han called the of­fi­cer “brave,” and said he was “do­ing the job we asked him to do, a job that New York­ers needed him to do.”

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