New York Police Department says detective killed by friendly fire

Blanche Robertson
February 13, 2019

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

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted: "We will never forget him or his sacrifice".

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.

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.

Police officers on the scene had desperately called for a "blood bank", indicating that at least one of the officers was in need of a life-saving transfusion.

"They did not hesitate". Police say they were wanted in connection with a string of robberies in the area. As the suspect advanced toward them, the officers fired their weapons and retreated out of the store. A witness said he heard 10 to 11 shots fired before he saw someone - believed to be the sergeant - limping to his auto.

In 2010, a NY state task force concluded that fatal friendly fire incidents among police, also known as "blue-on-blue" shootings, "are rare".

The gunfire blew out the store's doors, showering the sidewalk with glass. Bullet holes pocked frosted windows decorated with the T-Mobile logo.

Simonsen was then struck by friendly fire.

Officers salute as the body of slain NYPD Detective Brian Simonsen was driven out of Jamaica Hospital on Tuesday. "Simonsen is dead", O'Neill said.

"It was heartbreaking to see", de Blasio said. "His mom, who has suffered so much. His wife. The shock that they're feeling was so painful to see".

O'Neil blamed the suspected robber for the deadly incident.

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"Make no mistake about it, friendly fire aside, it is because of the actions of the suspect that Det". He was taken to the hospital by a passerby in a civilian vehicle.

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O'Neill said a sergeant, who has been on the force for 8 and a half years, was also wounded and is in stable condition.

During a Tuesday night press conference, NYPD commissioner James O'Neill said investigators believe Simonsen was killed by friendly fire.

"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.

"Tonight highlights the incredibly fearless actions NYPD members perform each day in the name of fighting crime and keeping people safe in every neighborhood".

"This is an absolute tragedy, the worst outcome any police officer, or family of a police officer, could ever imagine". The detective and sergeant fired, and as they were leaving the store, the detective was apparently shot by uniformed officers. "He didn't have to be at work tonight", Palladino said.

Simonsen, who served in the 102nd Precinct in Queens, was elected squad delegate to the labor union.

"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. And I hope that all New Yorkers understand how hard a job that of an NYPD officer is".

His death marks the first New York City officer killed in the line of duty since July 2017.

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

A 911 caller said two employees at the counter of the T-Mobile cell phone store were forced at gunpoint to the back of the store during an attempted robbery, NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill said during an evening news conference.

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