A New York City police officer who died Sunday while trying to arrest an armed suspect was shot and killed by fellow officers during a violent struggle, police officials said Monday.
Police Commissioner James O’Neill said Officer Brian Mulkeen, 33, was shot twice by police gunfire during the Sunday confrontation in the Bronx.
“This is a tragic case of friendly fire,” O’Neill said during a news conference at police headquarters.
The suspect, Antonio Williams, 27, died at the scene. Investigators previously suggested that Williams wrestled away Mulkeen’s gun while the pair were on the ground.