Detective Brian Charles Mulkeen

Detective Brian Charles Mulkeen

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Sunday, September 29, 2019

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Brian Charles Mulkeen

Detective First Grade Brian Mulkeen was inadvertently shot and killed by another police officer as he attempted to arrest a subject armed with an illegal handgun.

He and his team were assigned to patrol in plainclothes around the Edenwald Houses in the Bronx. The officers were assigned to the area due to gang activity, including a recent shooting in the area.

The officers observed a suspicious male in the rear of one of the buildings. Three of the officers exited their patrol car to question the man but he fled on foot. Detective Mulkeen caught the male and attempted to take him into custody. A violent struggle ensued for control of a firearm the man was carrying. The firearm discharged five times during the struggle, prompting other officers on the scene to return fire.

Detective Mulkeen was inadvertently struck by friendly fire. He was taken to Jacobi Medical Center where he died from his wounds.

Detective Brian Mulkeen had served with the New York City Police Department for six years and was assigned to the Patrol Borough Bronx Anti-Crime Unit. He is survived by his parents, sister, and brother. He was posthumously promoted to the rank of Detective First Grade.

Bio

  • Age 33
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 6981

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

arrest, plainclothes, weapons violation

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THE FINAL INSPECTION:

The Policeman stood and faced his God.
Which must always come to pass
He hoped his shoes were shining bright
Just as brightly as his brass
“Step forward now, Policeman,
How shall I deal with you?
Hove you always turned the other cheek?
To my word have you been true?”
The Policeman squared his shoulders and said
“No, Lord, I guess I ain’t
Because those of us who carry guns
Can’t always be a saint.
I’ve had to work most Sundays
And at times my talk was rough.
Because the world is awfully tough.
But I never took a thing
That wasn’t mine to keep…
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills just got to steep.
And I never passed a call for help.
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me.
I’ve wept unmanly tears.
I know I don’t deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fears.
If you’ve a place for me here, Lord,
It needn’t be so grand.
I never expected or had too much.
But if you don’t, I’ll understand.”
There was a silence all around the throne
Where the saints often trod
As the Policeman waited quietly,
For the judgement of his God.
“Step forward now Policeman,
You’ve born your burdens well,
Come walk a beet on heaven’s streets.
You’ve done your time in Hell.”
Author unknown.

Sergeant Chad Miner
Powell Police department
Powell, Wyoming

November 29, 2019

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