Bronx, NY-Police say the fatal shooting of a New York Police Department officer was the result of friendly fire.
"This is a tragic case of friendly fire, but make no mistake, we lost a life of a courageous public servant solely due to a violent criminal who put the lives of the police and all the people we serve in jeopardy," New York Police Department Commissioner James O'Neill said Monday.
Brian Mullen, 33, was a member of the Bronx Anti-Crime Unit and was investigating gang activity when he was shot.
The officers got out of their vehicle to question a man who then fled. The officers gave chase and tried to apprehend the suspect when a violent struggle on the ground began.
In body-worn camera, Mulkeen can be heard yelling "He's reaching for it! He's reaching for it!"
Mulkeen fired five rounds and his partners fired 10 rounds, two of which struck Mulkeen, O'Neill said.
"Officer Mulkeen retained his firearm during the entire violent struggle he had with the suspect," O'Neill said. "Brian was the one who fired his own weapon, and he fired five rounds at the suspect."
The suspect, Antonio Williams, 27, was shot and killed. Williams was on probation for a narcotics-related arrest and had served time in prison on a burglary conviction.
O’Neill said Williams’ loaded gun we was not fired during the incident.
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