In this photo, provided by the New York Police Department, a handgun recovered at the shooting location sits on the sidewalk in the area where New York police officer Brian Mulken was shot dead and killed early on 29 2019 in The Bronx. (Photo: AP)

A New York police officer was fatally shot Sunday in the Bronx during a gunfight, police said.

The head of the Terence Monaghan Division said that employee Brian Mulken, 33, was part of a division located near an apartment complex where gang activity involving shootings was recently reported.

"There's no worse moment in our work than that," Monahan told a news conference. "As we stand here this morning, a young man with a bright future who bravely patrols some of New York's most difficult streets has tragically lost his life. Brian was a great cop dedicated to safeguarding this city. "

Monahan said officers approached an interrogation man and when the man escaped the pursued officers on foot.

"A fierce struggle on earth has begun," Monahan said. "On the camera worn with the body, Officer Mulkin can be heard yelling" He reaches for him, he reaches for him. "

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fired shots and Monahan said Mulkin was hit three times, possibly by his own gun. Five officers opened fire and the suspect was killed at the scene. hospital where he was pronounced dead, Monahan said.

The officer's gun was fired five times. you, but it's not clear who shot him, said Monahan. A .32-caliber pistol belonging to the suspect was recovered at the scene but not fired. The investigation is ongoing.

Mulkin served almost seven years. lived with his girlfriend, also a New York police officer,

"Tonight is a prime example of the dangers New York cops face every day," Monahan said.

Mulkin is the second policeman to die on duty this year. Brian Simonsen, a 19-year veteran, was shot dead by his colleagues in February while responding to a robbery.

Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered all flags in the city to be lowered to half the staff.

"We lost someone who was a hero by any measure last night," said the mayor. "Officer Brian Mulkine has devoted nearly seven years of his life to protecting the city he loves. Please join me in keeping my family, friends and brothers and sisters in uniform in your prayers today. "

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