NYPD mourns detective killed by friendly fire

NYPD mourns detective killed by friendly fire

42-year-old Det. Brian Simonsen was fatally shot in the Richmond Hill neighborhood of Queens. Simonsen, a 19-year NYPD veteran, was put in a squad vehicle and taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The suspect, described by O'Neill as a 27-year-old career criminal, was shot multiple times and is listed as stable, O'Neill said.

Police swarmed to the store around 6:10 p.m. after a 911 caller standing outside reported seeing the suspect take two employees to a back room at gunpoint, according to dramatic dispatch audio. Sergeant Matthew Gorman was also struck by friendly fire in the leg, the paper reported.

Sources said the detective confronted the perpetrator and was shot in the chest and the sergeant was shot in the hip. O'Neill said that Simonsen was likely killed by friendly fire.

In 2013, Christopher Ransom was convicted of violating a court order to keep away from a pair of female Brooklyn judges after he lied his way into a judicial internship. The officer was killed in what appears to be "an absolute tragic case of friendly fire", NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill said in a press conference late Tuesday. News 12 is told he was shot multiple times.

The detective, identified as Brian Simonsen of the of the 102nd Precinct's detective squad, was apparently hit by so-called friendly fire when several officers opened fire on an armed suspect, according to Commissioner James O'Neill.

He says the detective was immediately put into a marked police auto and rushed to the hospital, but despite their efforts, he died.

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Early reports said one of the officers was in serious but stable condition, according to NBC4.

Down the block from the 102, the Daily News front-page photo of Simonsen has been taped to the window of the grocery store where the detective was a regular customer.

"We miss him, we're going to miss him". Then the cops came out and put one guy in an ambulance'.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed flags on all state government buildings to fly at half staff in honor of Simonsen.

"He was the kind of fellow who led by example", Palladino said. "And I hope that all New Yorkers understand how hard a job that of an NYPD officer is".

Investigators look over the area after a few New York City police officers were shot while responding to a robbery at a T-Mobile store in the Queens borough of New York on February 12, 2019.

The Police Benevolent Association tweeted out a video of the escort for Det.

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