NYPD mourns Detective Brian Simonsen, killed by friendly fire


Detective Brian Simonsen, 42, was shot in the chest and succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital after he and his sergeant responded to reports of a robbery at a T-Mobile cell phone store in Queens, NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill said at a press conference.

"Sources said the detective - who had just a year to go before retirement - was pronounced dead at Jamaica Hospital, and the sergeant is expected to survive", NY1 reported.

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.

He says the detective was immediately put into a marked police vehicle and rushed to the hospital, but despite their efforts, he died.

"That was when Detective Simonsen was shot", the commissioner said.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and several other city officials are at Jamaica Hospital Trauma Center.

NYBefore Tuesday, eight USA police officers had been killed by firearms while on duty in 2019, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund website. He was a 19-year veteran of the police department.

Simonsen, who called Long Island home, leaves behind his wife. They retreated out of the store, and that's when Simonsen was shot, O'Neill said.

Witnesses told Fox 5's Stacey Delikat that they heard multiple shots coming from a T-Mobile store and then saw first responders rush down Atlantic Avenue.

The detective, identified as Brian Simonsen of the of the 102nd Precinct's detective squad, was apparently hit by so-called friendly fire when several officers opened fire on an armed suspect, according to Commissioner James O'Neill.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said, "It was a hard, painful night for our city".

They entered the store and shot at the suspect, who was "pointing at them what appeared to be a handgun", O'Neill said, later adding that "an imitation firearm" had been recovered at the scene. "This is an absolute tragedy, the worst outcome any police officer, a family of a police officer, could ever imagine", O'Neill said. The condition of the wounded officer wasn't immediately known. Brian Simonsen is shown. "On behalf of all New Yorkers, I offer my deepest sympathies to Detective Simonsen's loved ones and fellow members of the NYPD".

He has been arrested at least 11 times since 2012, records show, and he was wanted by police in connection with a January 19 robbery at another cellphone store. "That bravery and that resolve is something that we all need to understand".

Officer Miosotis Familia, 48, was writing in her notebook when ex-convict Alexander Bonds strode up and shot her through a window. Bonds, who had railed about police and prison officers in a Facebook video months earlier, was fatally shot by officers soon after the attack.