NYPD officer killed, another wounded responding to robbery

Christopher Ransom was charged with murder and manslaughter after the death of an NYPD detective killed by friendly fire

Christopher Ransom was charged with murder and manslaughter after the death of an NYPD detective killed by friendly fire

An NYPD detective was shot and killed by friendly fire on Tuesday night while responding to an attempted armed robbery.

Detective Brian Simonsen, 42, was fatally shot by a fellow officer while responding to a robbery at a T-Mobile phone store on Atlantic Avenue near 120th Street in Richmond Hill soon after 6 p.m., police said. The detective shot in the chest was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Early reports said one of the officers was in serious but stable condition, according to NBC4. A passerby stopped and drove him to the hospital in his auto. He is in stable condition.

NYPD officials said that a suspect was shot multiple times and was critically wounded. The wounded sergeant is Matthew Gorman, his union said.

Det. Brian Simonsen was shot and killed by possible friendly fire during the armed robbery at a T-Mobile store in Queens. "Simonsen is dead", O'Neill said.

"No sirens, guys", the dispatcher warns.

The officers opened fire on the suspect, and as they backed out of the store, they were struck by bullets from cops outside, O'Neill said.

"Shots fired! Shots fired!" an officer is heard yelling on the dispatch audio over a barrage of gunshots. It happened as other officers were also arriving on the scene.

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'. The doors of the T-Mobile store were blown out by the gunfire and glass fragments littered the sidewalk. Bullet holes pocked frosted windows decorated with the T-Mobile logo. Some walked together in a line, searching for evidence.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and police officials are expected to speak to reporters at the hospital Tuesday night.

"It was heartbreaking to see", de Blasio said. "His mom, who has suffered so much".

Michael Paladino, president of the Detectives' Endowment Association, said at the press conference that he had seen Det.

O'Neil described him as a "career criminal". Simonsen testified at Kristal Khan's trial, which ended in her conviction, that she "didn't show any emotion" when he questioned her two hours after the incident.

Simonsen's death marks the NYPD's first line-of-duty fatality since 2017.

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