An NYPD officer from Yorktown Heights was shot and killed early this morning, Sept. 29, while on duty patrolling an area of the Bronx with recent gang activity.

NYPD Officer Brian Mulkeen, 33, lived in Yorktown Heights with his girlfriend, also an NYPD officer, said Chief of Department Terence Monahan during a press conference. 

Mulkeen was with the Bronx Borough Crime Unit patrolling the streets at around 12:30 a.m. because of gang activity, which included a recent shooting, Monahan said. 

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Mulkeen and a fellow officer began chasing a man after he took off running during questioning and "a violent struggle on the ground began," Monahan said. 

Body cameras picked up audio of Mulkeen saying, "He's reaching for it, he's reaching for it" before being shot three times. Police fired back and the suspect was killed on the scene.

Police have not released the name of the suspect. Monahan said he was a 27-year-old man on probation for narcotics related crimes that occurred last year. He has a record of several arrests, including a conviction of burglary in Rockland County. 

"Our critically injured officer was rushed to Jacobi Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased," Monahan said. Mulkeen had served with the NYPD for almost 7 years. 

"There's absolutely no worse moment in our job than this," Monahan said. "A young man with a bright future who courageously patrolled New York's toughest streets has tragically lost his life."

Monahan called Mulkeen a “great cop dedicated to keeping his city safe.”

"We ask everyone to please keep Officer Mulkeen's loved ones in your thoughts and prayers," Monahan said.