New York City Police Detective Killed By Apparent 'Friendly Fire'

NYPD Detective Brian Simonsen

NYPD Detective Brian Simonsen

Police say Det. Brian Simonsen was shot at a T-Mobile store in the Richmond Hill section of Queens at about 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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.

The suspect, a 27-year-old man with an extensive criminal record, was armed with an imitation firearm, O'Neill said.

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

Mayor Bill de Blasio and several other city officials are at Jamaica Hospital Trauma Center.

An official says a New York City police officer has been shot and killed and another officer was wounded while responding to an armed robbery.

Arwin Singh, a 31-year-old construction contractor who lives across from the T-Mobile store, told the outlet: 'I looked out and the cops were running into [the store] to get them. Simonsen and his partner, who were in the area working another case, responded.

Commissioner James O'Neill confirmed the shooting on Twitter, writing: 'An on-duty NYPD officer has been shot in Queens during what appears to be an armed robbery'.

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The suspected gunman was also shot and injured, and also taken to the hospital.

O'Neill and the Mayor Bill de Blasio met with the family at a hospital. "Make no mistake about it, friendly fire aside, it is because of the actions of the suspect that Detective Simonsen is dead". The suspect advanced toward them and the officers fired, Commissioner O'Neill said. Det.

The suspect is dead, it's reported by NY1. The condition of the wounded officer wasn't immediately known.

"He was the kind of fellow that lead by example not by words, lead by his actions". "Because he's the delegate in the 102nd Detective Squad and today was the delegates meeting, this morning he was actually excused from duty". "That bravery and resolve is something we all need to understand".

"Brian was a good man, he was a good detective", he added. He graduated from the New York Police Department Police Academy on October 24, 2000, the News-Review reported at the time.

Two NYPD officers were shot responding to an apparent armed robbery at a store in Queens on Tuesday evening.

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

The last New York City police 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. 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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