Saturday, 23 February, 2019

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

Det. Brian Simonsen was shot and killed by possible friendly fire during the armed robbery at a T Mobile store in Queens Det. Brian Simonsen was shot and killed by possible friendly fire during the armed robbery at a T Mobile store in Queens
Melinda Barton | 13 February, 2019, 23:11

"Friendly fire aside, it's because of the actions of the suspect that Simonsen is dead", the police commissioner said. As the two officers went into the store, a suspect came out of a back room with a replica handgun.

He was the first NY police officer to die in the line of duty since July 2017.

O'Neill did not identify the suspect by name, but he described him as a 27-year-old "career criminal". Second officer shot in stable condition. Simonsen was considered a leader among his peers, Mr. Paladino said.

Also injured in the Richmond Hill robbery attempt was Sgt. Matthew Gorman, who was shot in the hip and taken to Jamaica hospital where he is recovering. The suspect was shot multiple times and is in stable condition at New York-Presbyterian Queens Hospital.

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

"No sirens, guys", a dispatcher warns.

Arwindern Singh, who lives across the street from the store, said he heard about 20 shots go off and thought they were firecrackers.

The gunfire blew out the store's doors, showering the sidewalk with glass.

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. Some walked together in a line, searching for evidence.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and several other city officials are at Jamaica Hospital Trauma Center. "His mom, who has suffered so much".

Det. Simonsen is the brother of Melissa Simonsen, who was tragically killed after being struck by a vehicle while crossing Roanoke Avenue in Riverhead in July 1992. "His wife. The shock that they're feeling was so painful to see". Palladino said because the delegates' meeting took place Tuesday morning, Simonsen "was actually excused from duty".

"Since 1981, some 26 police officers across the United States have been shot and killed by fellow police officers who have mistaken them for risky criminals", the report said. "That bravery and that resolve is something that we all need to understand".

The incident unfolded as the officers, who were on an unrelated call nearby, responded to an armed robbery call at a T-Mobile store.

Officer Miosotis Familia, 48, was writing in her notebook when ex-convict Alexander Bonds strode up and shot her through a window.

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