NY detective killed in friendly fire incident, commissioner says

The scene in Richmond Hill Queens where at least one New York Police Department officer was shot Tuesday night Feb. 12 2019

NY detective killed in friendly fire incident, commissioner says

Officers salute as the body of slain NYPD Detective Brian Simonsen was driven out of Jamaica Hospital on Tuesday. "Through the windows of the store the officers did not see anyone inside". As the two officers went into the store, a suspect came out of a back room with a replica handgun.

Sources said the detective confronted the perpetrator and was shot in the chest and the sergeant was shot in the hip.

A New York City police detective was shot and killed by "friendly fire" while another officer was shot on Tuesday as they responded to an armed robbery, the city's police chief said. Seven members of the NYPD fired 42 rounds during the incident.

Commissioner James O'Neill says NYPD officers dressed in civilian clothing responded to reports of an armed man at a T-Mobile store in the Richmond Hill neighborhood of Queens around 6:15 p.m. 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.

The robbery suspect - identified by police as 27-year-old Christopher Ransom - was also shot multiple times and rushed to New York-Presbyterian/Queens, where he was taken into custody.

Sen. Chuck Schumer said, "We are forever indebted to the fearless NYPD detective who was killed in Queens tonight and the sergeant who was wounded".

"Make no mistake about it - friendly fire aside - it is because of the actions of the suspect that Detective Simonsen is dead", he said.

Given the suspect's criminal history, Palladino said: "I think we have to ask the question: Why was someone with such an extensive arrest record out on the street and not incarcerated?"

Both detectives were taken to Jamaica Hospital by patrol auto, the officials said.

"His bravery was so clear, but his pain to have lost his colleague was clear as well", New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said at the news conference.

Sgt. Matthew Gorman was shot in the leg, O'Neill said. "He didn't have to be at work tonight", Palladino said. Simonsen earlier Tuesday. An elected delegate with the 102nd detective squad, Det.

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

"I thought, 'Who plays with firecrackers in the rain?'" he said. "This tragedy is a heartbreaking reminder of the risks the courageous men and women in law enforcement face every day to keep us safe".

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.

In December, a police officer on Staten Island was hit by friendly fire as officers responding to a domestic dispute call shot and killed a man carrying a knife.

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