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In the early hours of Sunday, 33-year-old NYPD Officer Brian Mulkeen was shot and killed when he and two other officers assigned to the Bronx Borough Anti-Crime Unit got out of their patrol car to question a man after a spate of gang violence in the area. Mulkeen was killed when he got in a struggle with the man.

 

We now know how he spent his final hour before he was slain.

Mulkeen’s partner, Brian Mahon, posted a 20-second video on his Facebook page showing the pair singing the John Denver classic, “Take Me Home,” taken by another officer in the back seat.

Mahon’s post reads:

Myself driving, Mulkeen in my passenger seat, @robwish sitting in the back making fun of us and videoing. This video was taken in the last hour of Brian Mulkeens life. Little did we know that we were driving into a shootout that would end tragically. I wish I knew that this was the last song we would sing together. The last time we would be 98 together. The last gun we would grab together. Watch over us up on those country roads, I know your home♡

 

Mulkeen and his partners were driving an unmarked car when they stopped to question the suspect, now identified as 27-year-old Antonio Lavance Williams. Before they could ask any questions, Williams took off running with the officers in pursuit.

 

Myself driving, Mulkeen in my passenger seat, @robwish sitting in the back making fun of us and videoing. This video was taken in the last hour of Brian Mulkeens life. Little did we know that we were driving into a shootout that would end tragically. I wish I knew that this was the last song we would sing together. The last time we would be 98 together. The last gun we would grab together. Watch over us up on those country roads, I know your home♡

Posted by Bryan Mayhon on Sunday, September 29, 2019

 

According to the NY Post, authorities said during the chase, it was clear Williams had a gun, later identified as a .32 caliber revolver.

As Mulkeen and his partner attempted to apprehend Williams, Mulkeen found himself in an ultimately fatal struggle with the ex-con.

 

“He’s reaching for it! He’s reaching for it!” Mulkeen can be heard shouting — his last words caught on police body-camera footage — as five other officers responded to his aid.

 

Rounds struck Mulkeen, 33, in the head, chest and legs, while Williams was gunned down by responding officers. Mulkeen fired five rounds and his partners fired 10 rounds, two of which struck Mulkeen.

“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, via CNN.

“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.”

 

Williams was apparently on probation until 2022 for a prior narcotics arrest and had a prior burglary conviction.

Nationwide, a total of 44 law enforcement officers have been killed so far this year, 31 of them accidentally and 33 feloniously. Of the 31 accidents, the majority are due to motor vehicle crashes or a pedestrian officer being struck by a vehicle.

 

Thankfully, friendly fire — at least this year — is relatively rare. RIP Officer Mulkeen.

 

 

 

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