The suspect, at the time, had fled after he was confronted by three other officers who emerged from a patrol car to question him.
When Mulkeen and his partner intervened to pursue the suspect, a ‘violent struggle’ on the ground between the cop and suspect began, police said.
NYPD investigators are seen above in the Bronx where Mulkeen and his partner were attempting to apprehend an unnamed suspect about 12:30 am on Sunday near the Edenwald Houses on East 229th Street
as he grappled on the ground with the suspect who was also armed.
Sources said the officer was shot in the head, chest and legs, reports the New York Post.
Mulkeen died after he was rushed to Jacobi Medical Center, an area trauma center.
Meanwhile, five officers, also at the scene, unloaded their weapons and killed the suspect. He was described as a 27-year-old man who was on probation until 2022 for a narcotics-related arrest last year, according to the NYPD.