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Antonio Lavance Williams, 27, is the man police say shot and killed New York Police Officer Brian Mulkeen in the Bronx in the early morning hours Sunday, New York media reports. Williams last address was in Binghamton, New York.
Police said Williams was on probation for drug charges until 2022. Armed with a.32-caliber revolver, Williams struggled with Mulkeen who had tried to question Williams when he took off running. Officers pursued Williams and a “violent struggle” ensued. Mulkeen is heard saying twice on body worn camera footage that the suspect was going for a gun.
Five shots rang out and Mulkeen was struck three times. He was rushed to Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx where he was pronounced dead. The New York Daily News reported that Williams’ gun was not fired and police believe the man took and used Mulkeen’s own weapon in the killing.
Williams, born in 1992, has an adult criminal history dating back to 2011 according to reports and records.
Mulkeen, 33, was serving on an anti-crime unit dedicated to preventing gang violence.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Williams Has a Criminal History That Includes Drugs & Burglary Charges & Convictions
Williams was recently arrested in Binghamton, in upstate New York, on a harassment charge. He was released and was due back in court next week. According to online court records, Williams was arrested by Binghamton City Police on Aug. 15, arraigned the same day in city court and was released.
According to Rockland County court records, Williams was convicted of second-degree burglary following an April 2011 arrest in Haverstraw. He was sentenced to serve three years and six months in prison. According to state records, he began serving his sentence in January of 2012 and was paroled in March of 2015.
Williams received a probation sentence for a 2018 drug arrest in Endicott, New York. And in January, he was arrested in Binghamton for petty larceny and possession of a forged instrument. He paid a $100 fine.
The Daily News reported, citing sources, that there was an active warrant out for his arrest for failing to appear in court for a summons he got in Hudson in May.
2. Williams Was on Probation Until 2022 on Drug Charges When Police Said he Shot & Killed Mulkeen, a Former Fordham Track & Field Standout
Brian Mulkeen of Yorktown Heights, New York served as an officer of the New York Police Department for almost seven years when the 33-year-old was shot and killed in the early morning hours Sunday in the Bronx in a struggle with Willaims, police said.
Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill said Mulkeen killed “while doing the courageous work NYers needed him to do…There is no worse a moment in our profession than this…”
At around 12:30 a.m., Mulkeen and other members of the NYPD’s Bronx Borough Anti-Crime Unit out of the 47th NYPD precinct, were patrolling the streets around the Edenwald Houses on East 222nd Drive North near Laconia Avenue in the Edenwald neighborhood in the Wakefield section of the north Bronx. The anti-crime officers were in the area police said due to recent gang activity including shootings.
Three police officers got out of their vehicle to “question a man,” police said, and the man took off with officers giving chase. Mulkeen and his partner tried to apprehend the person and a “violent struggle on the ground began” On body worn camera, Mulkeen can be heard yelling, “he’s reaching for it. He’s reaching for it.” Numerous shots were fired, police said, and Mulkeen was “struck three times.” Five officers fired on the suspect who was pronounced dead on the scene. A .32-caliber revolver was “recovered by police.” The New York Daily News reported that police believe Mulkeen was shot with his own weapon, seized by the 6-foot 270-pound suspect Williams.
Mulkeen, critically injured, was rushed to Jacobi Medical Center were he was pronounced dead.
“As cops, we know who rewarding our profession can be, but I’ll tell you, there’s absolutely no worse moment on our job than this,” NYPD Chief of Police Terrance A. Monahan said.
Late Sunday morning, the Fordham University Track & Field program noted Mulkeen’s history with the program as it mourned his passing.
3. Just 33, Mulkeen Was Hailed as a ‘Great Cop’ by NYPD Police Chief. Flags Ordered at Half Staff
“Police Officer Brian Mulkeen was a great cop who gave it all to keep the people of our city safe. He was 33-years-old with a bright future in front of him. We will #NeverForget Brian’s service, dedication, and courage. Please keep his family and all of the NYPD in your prayers.”
Appointed Jan. 9, 2013, Mulkeen had served nearly seven years as an NYPD officer. Mulkeen lived with his girlfriend in Yorktown. Police said she is also a cop in the 44th precinct in the Bronx.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said, “Last night we lost someone who was by every measure a hero. NYPD Officer Brian Mulkeen dedicated nearly seven years of his life to protecting the city he loved. Please join me in keeping his family, friends and brothers and sisters in uniform in your prayers today.”
The Mayor’s Office ordered flags to be flown at half-staff.
“In honor of NYPD Police Officer Brian Mulkeen, who lost his life in the line of duty, all flags shall be lowered to half-staff, beginning immediately …a notice will follow as to when flags will resume full staff position.”
The NY Police and Fire Widows’& Children’s Benefit Fund, also known as Answer the Call, will provide Officer Mulkeen’s family with $25,000 to assist with any immediate expenses, according to a press release.
“We send our deepest condolences to Officer Brian Mulkeen’s family and the entire NYPD Community.” said Lauren Profeta, executive director of Answer the Call. “Answer the Call vows to honor Officer Mulkeen by helping those he loved the most – his family. His bravery, heroism, and service to our city will never be forgotten.”
4. From Yorktown Heights in Westchester County, Just North of the Bronx, Mulkeen Worked in an NYPD Bronx Anti-Crime Unit
“We’ve been here to often. We know the directions to get here. It has to stop.”
Pat Lynch, president of the Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York, which represents over 50,000 active and retired New York City Police Officers, said, “When soulless individuals carry guns in struggles with police, it devastates all of us.”
Lynch said, “…but we can’t take that devastation away but we have to come together to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
Mulkeen was part of the an anti-crime unit in the Bronx, focused on reducing gang violence.
A post from the NYPD Sergeants Benevolent Association said that Mulkeen “Died saving lives, defending those less fortunate and taking many guns off NYC streets.”
It’s reported that the anti-crime team had taken more than 50 guns off Bronx streets since the beginning of 2019
Westchester County officials have ordered flags to be flown at half-staff and offered “prayers and support” for Mulkeen’s family and loved ones.
5. Tributes From Family, Friends, Colleagues & Police From Around the Country Have been Pouring In
“Don’t know what to say, my heart is broken. It wasn’t your time and I wish I could have saved you. I know that you know how much we loved you. Nothing will ever be the same but I promise we will carry on your spirit. Mulkeen always had a smile on, was always excited to hit the street, and couldn’t have been a better person or cop,” FDNY firefighter Bryan Mayhon wrote on Facebook.
“It crushes me to think that I wont see you playing the guitar as background noise in the office or rallying the troops to hit the street when were feeling lazy. I try to find comfort knowing you passed doing what you loved, but the team and the world losing you just doesn’t seem fair.”
“I love you bro. Show Mulkeen going to heaven with 1 #bronxunitsup”
A friend of Mulkeen’s wrote on Facebook, “My heart hurts hearing this news this morning. Brian was one of the nicest guys you could have met. Rest easy brother.”
On that same post, a person who went to high school with Mulkeen said, “…he was a sweet heart.”