Police officers shoot friendlies while detaining a criminal
According to the forensic medical examination, the death of 33-year-old Brian Mulkeen in a recent shootout between police officers and a suspect was caused by multiple shots of officer colleagues. According to official information, 2 of the three hits were made from official weapons of two other policemen who were present when they tried to arrest the offender.
It is reported that the incident occurred in the Bronx on September 29th. Investigators studied the bodycamera of officers. The video shows that Mulkeen and two other officers tried to interrogate the 27-year-old Antonio Williams. The suspect, previously accused of various crimes, tried to hide from law enforcement officers, a fight broke out on the spot, during which 15 shots were fired.
Williams and Mulkeen died on the spot. It is reported that in the body of the deceased officer there were three gunshot wounds.
The New York Police Department Commissioner James O'Neill held a press conference on Monday.
"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," James O'Neill said.