NYPD detective killed in friendly fire incident, commissioner says

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 Tuesday Feb. 12 2019. An official said one of them was killed. (AP

"It's a very hard, painful night for our city".

At Jamaica Hospital, officers guarded the emergency room entrance as O'Neill and Mayor Bill de Blasio met with Gorman and offered their condolences to Simonsen's wife and mother.

Brian Simonsen, 42, was one of two officers injured during a standoff with robbery suspects in Richmond Hill.

A massive police presence formed at Atlantic Avenue and 120th Street in Richmond Hill, according to videos posted to Citizen app.

"They did not hesitate". The other officer's condition wasn't immediately clear, but officials said there was concern about his injury. At first, the front of the store appeared empty, he said.

O'Neill said as the suspect advanced toward them, the officers discharged their weapons and retreated out of the store. A native of Jamesport and a current resident of Calverton, he was killed by friendly fire, police officials said. Simonsen, a 19-year NYPD veteran, was put in a squad vehicle and taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He was shot multiple times.

"Make no mistake about it, friendly fire aside, it is because of the actions of the suspect that Det". Simonsen and Sgt. Matthew Gorman were working an unrelated case nearby when they responded to a call shortly after 6 p.m. A passerby stopped and drove him to the hospital in his auto.


One of the suspects - a 27-year-old "career criminal" - was shot "multiple times" and critically wounded in the hail of at least a dozen bullets.

Simonsen and Gorman entered the store and were confronted by a suspect wielding what appeared to be a gun, Commissioner James O'Neill said at a press conference Tuesday night. Despite reports that there may be another suspect, O'Neill said he worked alone. "We will be there for his family and his fellow officers tonight, tomorrow and every day after that".

"This is an absolute tragedy, the worst outcome any police officer, or family of a police officer, could ever imagine". Second officer shot in stable condition.

His work professionalism, leadership and tireless work ethic also lauded by Michael Palladino, the leader of the local Detective's Endowment Association.

A police department Twitter account identified the detective as Brian Simonsen.

A line of hundreds of officers stretched an entire block outside the hospital Tuesday evening to give a final salute to Simonsen.

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