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Hero Down: NYPD Deputy Inspector Denis Mullaney Commits Suicide In Patrol Vehicle

Queens, NY – New York Police Department (NYPD) Deputy Inspector Denis Mullaney died on Monday after he shot himself in the head while sitting in a patrol car.

According to police sources, Deputy Inspector Mullaney, 44, had called family members earlier in the day and made comments that caused them to believe he was suicidal, the New York Post reported.

He also contacted the executive officer of the NYPD’s 107 Precinct in Queens, where he was the commanding officer, and said he was considering killing himself, according to the New York Daily News.

NYPD investigators used the deputy inspector’s cell phone to pinpoint his location on Underhill Avenue near Kissena Park and the Brooklyn-Queens Greenway, but he had already shot himself by the time he was found, police sources told the New York Post.

He was discovered dead in his NYPD cruiser at approximately 5:10 p.m., the New York Daily News reported.

Deputy Inspector Mullaney, a 21-year veteran of the NYPD, was appointed to lead the 107th Precinct in September of 2020, according to the Queens Chronicle.

He had previously served four years as the commanding officer of the NYPD Transit District 20.

“Transit was a good experience for me — you knew what was going on,” Deputy Inspector Mullaney told the Queens Chronicle in October of 2020. “You’re on the train with people, good people, and you see pickpockets take advantage of them while they’re sleeping. You never experience that on patrol.”

As commander of the 107th Precinct, Deputy Inspector Mullaney said he intended to let crime statistics dictate how to best allocate police resources.

“Every week, I do an analysis of where our spikes in crimes are,” he told the Queens Chronicle. “If we see a spike, we’re going to concentrate in that area … We’re going to put our resources there to combat the crime.”

Deputy Inspector Mullaney encouraged community members to contact the NYPD to help address any problems they were facing.

“Our main goal is to have everyone living in this precinct to go outside, walk around and not be scared and not be a victim of crimes,” he told the Queens Chronicle. “Our goal is to make sure that their safety is paramount.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of New York Police Department Deputy Inspector Denis Mullaney, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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