New York Detective Killed By "Friendly Fire" While Responding To Robbery

New York Detective Killed By

Detective Brian Simonsen was struck once in the chest Tuesday night when he and six other officers fired 42 times as suspect Christopher Ransom charged toward the entrance of a T-Mobile store in Queens and simulated pulling the trigger of his imitation handgun, police said.

Officers salute a procession as the remains of slain Detective Brian Simonsen are removed from Jamaica Hospital Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in the Queens borough of NY.

O'Neill did not identify the suspect by name, but he described him as a 27-year-old "career criminal".

Ransom was taken to the hospital where he will later be released into police custody.

"That was when Detective Simonsen was shot", the commissioner said.

"Every day our men and women in uniform risk their lives to protect us, and tonight we are truly heartbroken to lose one of our own", James, a Democrat, said in a tweet.

Spectrum News NY1 reported that the detective that was shot and killed "was 1 year away from retirement, @MylesMill reports". Simonsen and his partner, who were in the area working another case, responded. A witness said he heard 10 to 11 shots fired before he saw someone - believed to be the sergeant - limping to his auto.

"With the suspect advancing toward them, the officers discharged their weapons and retreated out of the store", O'Neill said. News 12 is told he was shot multiple times.

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De Blasio said Wednesday all flags in the city would be lowered to half-staff to honor the slain officer.

"Friendly fire aside, it's because of the actions of the suspect that Simonsen is dead", the police commissioner said.

He added: 'The store has been robbed before but nothing as bad as this'. Simonsen was considered a leader among his peers, Mr. Paladino said. Brian Simonsen of the 102nd Precinct's detective squad. Then the cops came out and put one guy in an ambulance'. "That bravery and that resolve is something that we all need to understand".

"I am deeply saddened by the shooting of NYPD Detective Brian Simonsen", Cuomo said. The sympathies of all New Yorkers are with his family & colleagues.

"Shots fired! Shots fired!" an officer is heard yelling.

The last NYPD officer killed in the line of duty was a 12-year veteran and mother of three who was gunned down in 2017 while sitting in a police vehicle.

Police were responding to a call about an armed robbery at the phone store in Richmond Hill just before 6.15pm when a gun battle broke out, sources told the New York Daily News. Bonds, who had railed about police and prison officers in a Facebook video months earlier, was fatally shot by officers soon after the attack.

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