Bronx News-Police Officer, Suspect Shot Dead in Edenwald
By David Greene
A police officer attempting to make an arrest a block away from the local precinct, was shot and killed as he struggled with a man who refused to stop for questioning. Fellow cops returned fire, killing the suspect.
According to officials, officers from an anti-crime unit from Patrol Borough Bronx were patrolling at the New York City Housing Authority’s Edenwald Houses, due to a recent shooting and reports of gang activity.
The officer attempted to stop an individual for questioning, when a foot chase and struggle began. Multiple shots were fired at 12:30 a.m. on September 29, behind 1129 East 229 Drive South at Laconia Avenue.
The officer, later identified as Brian Mulkeen, 33, of Yorktown Heights, N.Y., was hit three times. According to the NYPD’s Chief of Department Terence Monahan, although the suspect was carrying a .32-caliber revolver, investigators currently believe the 6 1/2-year veteran was shot with his own gun.
Mulkeen’s two partners from his unit and two additional officers arriving at the scene all returned fire, hitting and killing suspect, identified as Lavance Williams, 27, of Binghamton, N.Y.
Officials say Williams was on probation for drug possession and was to face harassment charges in Binghamton on October 4. Williams had previously served two years in prison for a burglary conviction in Rockland County, N.Y. in 2012.
Monahan told reporters at Jacobi Hospital, “On body-worm camera video, Officer Mulkeen can be heard yelling, ‘He’s reaching for it,'” as he warned the members of his unit.
“Brian was a great cop,” Monahan said of the young officer, “dedicated to keeping this city safe. In fact, just last night he arrested a man in possession of a gun in the very same precinct.” He added, “Tonight is a vivid example of the dangers New York City cops face every day. And, there’s never a doubt that our officers will continue to put it all on the line to keep people safe.”
Monahan’s remarks come as the NYPD deals with a reported work slowdown by officers in recent weeks as a rift developed between the Patrolman’s Benevolent Association, the police officer’s union and Police Commissioner James O’Neil, over the recent firing of police officer Daniel Pantaleo. Pantaleo was fired for using an illegal choke-hold on Eric Garner, who later died.
Mulkeen is the second police officer killed in the line of duty in 2019, while nine other officers have lost their lives to suicide, sparking a campaign by the department to educate officers to reach out for help, if they feel despondent.
On September 16, a traffic accident took the life of NYPD Deputy Inspector Michael McGrath, 56, who was killed when his motorcycle was struck by a truck on East Tremont Avenue.
Mulkeen, a graduate of Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business in Manhattan, joined the NYPD in January, 2013 and in his 6 1/2 years with the department, he had racked up 60 arrests, more than half of which were felony charges.