He was only 58-years-old.
Now friends and family of Officer Art Brice from the Buena Park Police Department in California are mourning the loss of an incredible man.
The announcement was made over the weekend by the department. They said Brice was driving home after a shift around 5:00 a.m. on Saturday. That’s when the crash happened, “which tragically claimed his life,” the post said.
“Officer Brice gave the city and citizens of Buena Park 11 years of dedicated service, as one of our reserve officers,” the post read.
Police said Brice had been assigned to the department’s gang unit and patrol and served as a member of the department’s Color Guard.
Apparently the accident happened on the 91 Freeway in Corona, which is about 45 minutes from Los Angeles.
Authorities said the trailer of a truck detached and the driver of the tractor-trailer pulled over and called police. About a minute later, Brice’s car hit the back of the disabled trailer and then spun to the right, where it hit a second tractor-trailer, local media outlets report.
Police said Brice was trapped in his vehicle, and emergency workers had to free him. As soon as they did, they rushed him to a nearby hospital. That’s where he was pronounced dead.
“Officer Brice will be remembered as a genuine, caring, and uplifting presence, always ready to lend a hand or an ear,” The Buena Park Police Department’s Instagram post read. “One of his favorite topics of discussion has been his 8-month-old granddaughter.”
The police department added:
“Please keep Officer Brice’s family in your prayers. We thank the community and allied agencies who have reached out and offered support.”
Officer Brice leaves behind his wife, two teenage stepchildren, his ex-wife and his son and daughter.
“He was the most amazing human being I ever met,” Brice’s wife, Kerri, told local media. “And I am blessed by his presence in my life, even though it was entirely too short.”
His son said that Officer Brice was also an Army veteran. He was on his way home to Moreno Valley from a shift at Buena Park where he would work evenings on the weekend when the accident happened.
Around noon on Saturday, a procession carrying Brice left an area hospital for the Riverside County Coroner’s Office.
Just a few months ago in February, the Buena Park City Council honored Brice for a decade of service.
In the meantime, another one of our brothers was murdered overnight in the Bronx.
Officer Brian Mulkeen was just 33-years-old. He was a nearly 7-year veteran of the NYPD. And he was murdered in an exchange with a suspect who died when officers returned fire.
The shooting happened just after midnight near the Edenwald Houses at East 229th Street and Laconia Avenue.
DEVELOPING: An officer has been shot in Williamsbridge, Bronx, and a wounded suspect taken into custody. pic.twitter.com/a5XXG8gIMF
— Citizen New York (@CitizenAppNYC) September 29, 2019
Chief of Department Terence Monahan said at a press conference at Jacobi Medical Center that NYPD officers assigned to the Bronx borough anti-crime unit were patrolling the streets around East 229th Street.
According to Monahan, they were there patrolling because of serious gang activity, including recent shootings in the area.
Three officers in one police car left their vehicle to question a man, who then took off on foot. The officers caught up to him.
In the incident, which was caught on body-cam, Officer Mulkeen and his partner tried to apprehend the man, which lead to a violent struggle on the ground.
“Officer Mulkeen was on the ground wrestling with the suspect for an extended period of time,” before the gunfire erupted, Monahan said.
In the body-cam, Officer Mulkeen can be heard yelling:
“He’s reaching for it, he’s reaching for it.”
Those were the last words that Officer Mulkeen ever spoke.
NYPD Police Officer Brian Mulkeen, a 33-yr-old Bronx cop, was killed about 12:30 am while doing the courageous work NYers needed him to do. He served for nearly 7 years. There is no worse a moment in our profession than this. Pls keep Brian’s family & colleagues in your thoughts. pic.twitter.com/X1ucOusI77
— Commissioner O’Neill (@NYPDONeill) September 29, 2019
He was shot three times when the suspect opened fire. Five officers then returned fire, striking the criminal. He was pronounced dead on the scene and police recovered his .32 caliber revolver.
“Officer Mulkeen’s gun fired five times,” Monahan said. “At this point, it is not clear who fired Officer Mulkeen’s gun.”
According to officials, the suspect’s gun did not appear to have been fired.
— Diana Rocco ABC7 (@DianaRoccoABC7) September 29, 2019
Police radio transmissions called out the worried panic of officers at the scene:
“Shots fired shots fired shots fired guys! I need a bus! I need a bus!” a male officer shouted, using police jargon for an ambulance.
“Laconia and 229!” another shouted of the shooting location.
The chief said it’s the most painful part of what he does.
“There’s no worse moment on the job than this,” the chief added.
According to Police Commssioner O’Neill, Mulkeen was appointed on January 9, 2013 and had served for nearly seven years. He lived in Yorktown Heights with his girlfriend, who is also a police officer in the Bronx at the 44 precinct.
Mulkeen “was a great cop,” the chief added.
“Just last night he arrested a man for possession of a gun in this very same precinct.”
At the press conference, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who many argue has contributed to this war on law enforcement, flanked Chief Monahan.
Monahan called the officer “a hero” and “brave,” and stressed he had been doing “a job that New Yorkers needed him to do.”
PBA President Pat Lynch in asking all of New York to pray for both Mulkeen’s heartbroken family along with his grieving NYPD family.
“This is a very, very sad day for our city,” Mayor de Blasio said at the press conference. “We lost a hero this evening … This is a young man who made a choice to join the NYPD and put his life on the line.”
The mayor said that Mulkeen’s mother and father, sister and girlfriend had rushed to Jacobi hospital, where they learned about his death.
“We broke the news to them and one of the things they told us, even though their grief, was that Brian made a choice. He wanted to leave civilian life … he wanted to protect our city … he gave his life for all of us.”
Lynch called the suspect, “This soulless individual,” and shared his grief for the family:
“Their hero — our hero — is not coming home.”
Although police haven’t released the name of the man who murdered the officer, they say he was a 27-year-old who was on probation until 2022 for a narcotics-related arrest last year.
In the meantime… police have arrested 47-year-old Robert Solis in the murder of Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal.
Dhaliwal, a 10-year veteran of law enforcement, was one of the first sheriff’s deputies in America to wear a traditional Sikh turban on duty.
He was fatally shot from behind Friday while conducting a traffic stop in the Houston area. Police say the deputy was shot multiple times by one of two people in the stopped car.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez spoke about the murder to reporters:
“He wore the turban. He represented his community with integrity, respect and pride,” Gonzalez said. “And again, he was respected by all.”
Police said the 41-year-old deputy was returning to his patrol car around 1 p.m. That’s when they say a man got out of the stopped car with a pistol and shot him “in a coldblooded manner, ambush-style,” Gonzalez said.
Police say they don’t know the reason for the stop or the motive behind the murder. He was rushed to the hospital where he was declared dead around 4 p.m.
Solis is now was charged with capital murder in connection with the killing. Police say there was an active parole-violation warrant for him that stems back to a January 2017 case in which he was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Also in custody is a woman who police say was a passenger in the stopped car.
Officers said the gun used to assassinate the deputy was confiscated.
Prior to joining the sheriff’s department, Dhaliwal, whom his colleagues described as a “trailblazer,” owned a lucrative trucking business.
He said he wanted to become an officer to build a bridge between the department and the Houston area’s large Sikh community because of a prior “mishap”.
Dhaliwal was a husband and a father of three children. He worked his way up after starting with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office as a detention officer.
Community-led candlelight vigil was held tonight in honor of @HCSO_D5Patrol Deputy Dhaliwal. Please continue to keep his family & his @HCSOTexas family in your thoughts & prayers. Deputy Dhaliwal was LOVED by this community. #HouNews pic.twitter.com/oD7M78RXxm
— Major Mike Lee (@HCSOPatrol) September 28, 2019
He was also was the first adherent of Sikhism, a monotheistic religion that originated in India, to become a deputy.
In 2015, it was announced by the Harris County sheriff that Dhaliwal would be allowed to wear his religion’s beard and turban while on patrol.
Back then, only police departments in the District of Columbia and Riverside, Calif., had allowed it.
“He died a hero,” Gonzalez said. “He died serving the Harris County community.”
Our Harris County community loves their law enforcement officers. Not surprised to learn that a community-led vigil is being organized this evening to pay respects to Deputy Dhaliwal. He’s an incredible loss not only to our @HCSOTexas family but to the entire community. #HouNews pic.twitter.com/V4fdgHOkmK
— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) September 28, 2019
Sheriff’s Office Maj. Mike Lee watched the dashboard-camera video of Dhaliwal’s traffic stop. He told media outlets the driver-side door of the suspect’s car was open for about two minutes while Dhaliwal talked with him and that the conversation did not appear combative.
He said that shortly after, Dhaliwal then shut the car door and began to walk back to his patrol car – it was only about three seconds later that he said Solis opened the door, got out with a gun in his hand and ran toward Dhaliwal… then shooting him in the back of the head.
According to a neighbor, they heard two gunshots then saw the shooter run away and leave in a “getaway car”. Police didn’t specify if the car was the stopped vehicle or a different one, but police say the suspect was found inside a business about a quarter-mile from the shooting scene.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said he stands behind the family and the community.
“He represented the diversity and inclusiveness of our community and everything that is good,” Turner wrote. “Evil you do not win here.”
Praying and standing with the family and #SikhCommunity of Harris County Sheriff Depty @sandeepdhaliwa who was fatally shot today. He represented the diversity and inclusiveness of our community and everything that is good. Evil you do not win here. st
— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) September 27, 2019
Yesterday, we shared an article about an officer attacked in the line of duty who was able to survive to tell her story. It’s graphic and may be difficult for some people to read.
Officer Stacy West was shot in the line of duty. She survived, and she and her husband joined us to tell her story on camera in a video which can be found here.
The entire reason we launched LET Unity was to give a voice to officers like Stacy who have never been able to tell their stories. It’s a tragic story – but also one filled with hope. With lessons. And with a dose of reality that America needs.
Proceeds from LET Unity memberships go directly back into telling the stories of warriors like Stacy. We hope you’ll consider signing up. The mainstream media isn’t giving them a platform. Social media is censoring them. Help us to help them.
In case you missed her story… here it is.
I just remember thinking “oh my God I’m being shot right now” and everything at that point – although it’s happening quick – it’s also happening very slow in my mind.
Like there’s not enough time to really react.
My name is Stacy West. I am medically retired police officer from the city of Urbandale, which is located in central Florida.
I worked for the agency only 18 months before I was catastrophically injured on a domestic violence call.
(Below: Dispatch call from when Officer Stacy West was shot.)
That audio is really hard to listen to for a lot of people.
And I’ve listened to it a gagillion times it’s pretty gut wrenching.
So basically what happened is I was called out to a 911 hangup and I was told it was possibly a family disturbance.
And I tell them that I’m on my way out there and I’m probably about 10 minutes from the residence.
It sounded really familiar to me, this place – I knew had been there before. So I looked it up on the map and I was like… yeah, I remember exactly who this person is.
I had some dealings with him a month before for a barking dog complaint.
He was pretty aggressive then, but I shook it off as it’s early in the morning and you know he was just cranky because I woke him up in the middle of the night.
So I walk up to the door. I had my hand on my gun and the first safety down just in case I needed to pull it.
And I get up to the door, reach over with my left hand, knock, ring the doorbell.
Then I turned to check the window, because where I had to walk up to was between the window and the door and on the other side the door is a garage wall. So that was the only place I could stand.
I turned to check the window, and when I do… he starts shooting me.
The first round gets my arm, and it just feels like a lot of pressure.
And at that point because I’m looking at the window, I don’t know if it’s coming from the window or coming from the door.
And it didn’t really feel like pain just a lot of pressure.
That round actually blew out both of my arteries, damaged my median nerve, and flung my hand backwards.
When it flung me backwards, it slowly turned me a little bit.
And then he shot me in my duty weapon – went across the top of the slide, separating the slide from the grip, ejecting the magazine out onto the ground and forcing the round inside to fire and forcing my gun to be completely trapped within my holster and was not able to be removed.
Now I’m facing the door and all of this is happening really, really quickly because he’s slapping the trigger as quick as he can.
And I just remember thinking “Oh my God I’m being shot right now”. Everything at that point, although it’s happening quick, it’s also happening very slow in my mind – like there’s not enough time to really react.
So he gets my abdomen and I just scream at the top of my lungs. That round actually forces me backwards, and as I’m falling backwards I can see the sparks coming out of the door and it was just like the rounds were just coming right over my face.
When I hit the ground, I immediately roll over and just try to get away from him and I dragged myself across the ground with the left side of my body, and my mic had fallen off my shoulder onto the pocket of my shirt.
That triggered me to key up.
I couldn’t hear anything, he had just perforated my eardrums. So I grabbed the mic and I key up and I just screamed “help me”. Then I dragged myself a little farther, and I can still hear him shooting and I key up again I screamed “ I’m hit” and I dragged myself a little further and screamed that I need 911 and I’m going towards this hedge line.
I could see like an opening in the hedges that were in his yard, and I’m just trying to get away as quick as possible and I have no idea if he’s gonna come out and finish the job.
Also I have no idea if I’m getting out on the radio, because I can’t hear anything and I can’t hear anybody say anything back to me.
So I pull myself to the neighbor’s house around the hedge line, and I can hear their garage door opening. I get just near the garage door and I look up and it’s about halfway up, and I can see this Spanish family two men and a woman standing inside the garage.
And I look up at them and I say “help me, please help me”.
And I think they panicked.
They went back in the house and hit the garage door button and the garage door started to come back down.
And I’m not yet inside the garage.
So I pull myself in and I’m exhausted. I had just pulled myself 50 feet. So I’m just completely exhausted and I get just inside the garage.
And I’m looking around.
There’s nowhere else for me to go and I just roll over, and just lay there and I pick up my mic and it sounds like everybody on the radio is just calm like I was afraid I hadn’t really gotten out and I key up again and I said “did you guys hear me? I’ve been hit.”
And they said, “we heard you we’re on our way.”
Now I’ve turned my radio completely down because I have no idea where this guy is.
And I have no backup there, I’m alone and I’m trying to tell the family inside to come back out and close this garage door down.
So they come out and they hit the button and the door’s just like going up and down up and down and I’m still trying to focus on giving my partners directions to find me and they go back inside the garage door is still up.
It’s like this nightmare situation.
And I have no idea where this guy is and I’m just scared to death.
And just alone.
And then they finally come back out – they don’t come totally out, they just crack the door a little bit.
I see a hand come out and hit the garage door button and the garage door starts to come down.
And I’m just laying there now – alone – and thinking about how unfair this is, and unfair for my family and my fiancée – he’s my husband now.
And my mom.
And I just kept thinking about them over and over again and how they weren’t gonna get a chance to say goodbye to me. In that moment I thought I would never take another breath, that was going to be it for me.
And I think the loneliness was probably the worst part.
So I just try to stay focused and try to – you know – give instructions on exactly where I was.
The family does eventually come back out and try to call 911 and they spoke Spanish so they didn’t understand anything I was saying and I didn’t understand anything that they were saying
But my partners… it feels like it takes them forever to get there, and everybody is talking on the radio, everybody is just trying to get out.
At one point I can’t key up anymore, and somebody had been giving bad directions.
They’re like “I think she said she’s in for 407, a baby blue house”, and it wasn’t even close to where I said I was. I was he trying to key up and I kept getting a busy signal because I hadn’t pushed my emergency button and I just remember finally getting through and saying you know get off the radio Goddamn it I’m over here – you guys are going to the wrong place.
So it took about seven minutes for my partners to actually get there and locate me another nine minutes for the fire department to get there and about 17 for the ambulance to show up.
In a nutshell that’s the experience that I had.
The man responsible for the attack took a plea deal – 27 years, and he’ll have to serve every bit of it.
What happened on the legal side of things was a nightmare in and of itself for Stacy, who said she was made to feel like property of the state instead of the victim that she was.
She got no say in whether it would go to trial or the criminal would get a plea deal. She was initially told there’s no way a plea deal would be offered.
Then Stacy was told it wasn’t attempted murder on a police officer, because he shot her through the door and it couldn’t be proven that he “knew it was a cop”.
To hear her full story, you can watch it on LET Unity – it can be found here.
Once again, the entire reason we launched LET Unity was to give a voice to officers like Stacy who have never been able to tell their stories. Proceeds from LET Unity memberships go directly back into telling the stories of warriors like Stacy. We hope you’ll consider signing up. The mainstream media isn’t giving them a platform. Social media is censoring them. Help us to help them.