Suspect involved in death of NYPD detective in Queens charged with murder

NYPD detective, a Riverhead High graduate, killed in the line of duty

NYPD detective, a Riverhead High graduate, killed in the line of duty

The detective was identified as Brian Simonsen, 42, a 19-year veteran of the force.

"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.

Christopher Ransom was also hit with charges for robbery, aggravated manslaughter and menacing.

'Make no mistake about it, friendly fire aside, it is because of the actions of the suspect that Detective Simonsen is dead, ' the commissioner said as he choked back tears.

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

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".

Arwin Singh, a 31-year-old construction contractor who lives across from the T-Mobile store, told the outlet: 'I looked out and the cops were running into [the store] to get them.

In 2009, Simonsen investigated the death of an 11-month old boy who drowned in a bucket of water at an unlicensed daycare while the woman running it was passed out on NyQuil.

"This appears to be an absolutely tragic case of friendly fire", an emotional O'Neill said.

At Jamaica Hospital, officers guarded the emergency room entrance as O'Neill and Mayor Bill de Blasio met with Gorman and offered their condolences to Simonsen's wife and mother.

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. He was shot multiple times and taken to hospital.

O'Neil blamed the suspected robber for the deadly incident. Investigators are looking into whether Ransom is the same suspect seen on surveillance video robbing a cell phone store on Rockaway Boulevard in January.

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. Second officer shot in stable condition.

"He was the kind of fellow that lead by example not by words, lead by his actions".

"I am deeply saddened by the shooting of NYPD Detective Brian Simonsen", Cuomo said.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a press conference at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, in the Queens borough of N.Y., on February 12, 2019.

"Shots fired! Shots fired!" an officer is heard yelling.

He was wanted by police in connection with a January 19 robbery at another cellphone store in Queens. "That bravery and that resolve is something that we all need to understand".

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