NYPD officer killed, another wounded responding to robbery

Cheryl Sanders
February 14, 2019

Tuesday night the NYPD confirmed that a police detective was shot and killed and another officer was wounded while responding to an armed robbery in Queens, according to numerous reports.

"This appears to be an absolute tragic case of friendly fire", said O'Neill, who added that the assessment is subject to change pending an investigation. The suspect advanced toward them and the officers fired, Commissioner O'Neill said. Det.

Police described the suspect as a career criminal.

De Blasio said Wednesday all flags in the city would be lowered to half-staff to honor the slain officer.

The Associated Press said the doors of the store were blown out by the gunfire and glass fragments littered the sidewalk. "The shock that they are feeling was so painful to see".

"Friendly fire aside, it's because of the actions of the suspect that Simonsen is dead", the police commissioner said. The condition of the wounded officer wasn't immediately known.

The suspect is dead, it's reported by NY1. He was a 19-year veteran of the police department. "It's insane. The store has been robbed before but nothing as bad as this". The Detective Endowment Association says that act shows just what type of man he was.

"He was the kind of fellow who led by example", Palladino said. "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.

Down the block from the 102, the Daily News front-page photo of Simonsen has been taped to the window of the grocery store where the detective was a regular customer. Then the cops came out and put one guy in an ambulance'.

"He always asking us, 'How's things going?' He was always there for everybody when people need him", another worker said.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed flags on all state government buildings to fly at half staff in honor of Simonsen.

A police department Twitter account identified the detective as Brian Simonsen. "This tragedy is a heartbreaking reminder of the risks the fearless men and women in law enforcement face every day to keep us safe". He graduated from the New York Police Department Police Academy on October 24, 2000, the News-Review reported at the time.

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

Brian Simonsen is the first NY police officer to die in the line of duty since July 2017.

"The moment the NYPD Detective was murdered in Queens on Tuesday night at a robbery in a T Mobile store". It's the second time a police officer has been shot in the city in the past three months, AP points out.

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