It’s a carefree, utterly human 20 seconds.
Video shared online by a mourning NYPD cop appears to show Officer Brian Mulkeen singing along exuberantly to “Take Me Home, Country Roads” - shortly before being shot dead wrestling with an ex-con in the Bronx.
The video, apparently taken in an unmarked police car, was posted by Officer Brian Mahon, who in a poignant Facebook post, lamented a life lost.
“This video was taken in the last hour of Brian Mulkeen’s life,” Mahon posted. “Little did we know that we were driving into a shootout that would end tragically.”
Mahon said he was driving, with Mulkeen, 33, in the passenger seat when a cop sitting in the back seat recorded them singing John Denver’s classic song.
Myself driving, Mulkeen in my passenger seat, @robwish sitting in the back making fun of us and videoing. This video was taken in the last hour of Brian Mulkeens life. Little did we know that we were driving into a shootout that would end tragically. I wish I knew that this was the last song we would sing together. The last time we would be 98 together. The last gun we would grab together. Watch over us up on those country roads, I know your home?
“I wish I knew that this was the last song we would sing together,” Mahon wrote. The last time we would be 98 together. The last gun we would grab together. Watch over us up on those country roads — I know [you’re] home.”
In police radio code, 10-98 means resuming patrol/available.
Mulkeen was killed early Sunday during a struggle with Antonio Williams, 27. Mulkeen was shot three times with his own gun, which went off five times during the struggle. Fellow officers shot Williams dead and may have hit Mulkeen with friendly fire as well.
The video quickly garnered more than 200,000 views.