Published: Thu, February 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Police say detective killed by friendly fire

Police say detective killed by friendly fire

Police recovered an imitation firearm at the scene of the robbery.

Simonsen (left) and squad Sergeant Matthew Gorman (right) were reportedly struck by friendly fire as they emerged from the T-Mobile store following a confrontation with an armed suspect inside.

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

'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.

An official says a New York City police officer has been shot and killed and another officer was wounded while responding to an armed robbery. He says they didn't hesitate, immediately responding.

"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. News 12 is told he was shot multiple times.

"It was heartbreaking to see", de Blasio said. When they didn't see anyone inside they went into the store.

O'Neill did not identify the suspect by name, but he described him as a 27-year-old "career criminal".

Witnesses to the shocking shootout reported hearing at least 15 to 20 gunshots exchanged between police and the suspects. "It's insane. The store has been robbed before but nothing as bad as this". "This is an absolute tragedy, the worst outcome any police officer, a family of a police officer, could ever imagine", O'Neill said. Second officer shot in stable condition. Simonsen was considered a leader among his peers, Mr. Paladino said.

Simonsen, who served in the 102nd Precinct in Queens, was elected squad delegate to the labor union. Then the cops came out and put one guy in an ambulance'.

"Brian was a good man, he was a good detective", he added. "That bravery and resolve is something we all need to understand". He graduated from the New York Police Department Police Academy on October 24, 2000, the News-Review reported at the time.

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

Investigators look over the area after a few New York City police officers were shot while responding to a robbery at a T-Mobile store in the Queens borough of New York on February 12, 2019.

The last NYPD officer killed in the line of duty was a 12-year veteran and mother of three who was gunned down in 2017 while sitting in a police vehicle. Bonds, who had railed about police and prison officers in a Facebook video months earlier, was fatally shot by officers soon after the attack.

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