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. Simonsen, a 19-year NYPD veteran, was put in a squad auto and taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
One of the suspects - a 27-year-old "career criminal" - was shot "multiple times" and critically wounded in the hail of at least a dozen bullets.
Both Simonsen and Gorman were taken by patrol auto to Jamaica Hospital, officials said. Sergeant Matthew Gorman was also struck by friendly fire in the leg, the paper reported. "They responded immediately", O'Neill said.
Simonsen, who was assigned to the 102 Precinct, leaves behind a wife and two children.
"Make no mistake about it - friendly fire aside - it is because of the actions of the suspect that Detective Simonsen is dead", he said. Multiple reports identify him as Christopher Ransom of Brooklyn.
"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. A passerby stopped to help the wounded officer and took him to the hospital. Police recovered an imitation firearm at the scene.
Monica Witt, former Air Force counterintelligence specialist, accused of spying for Iran
Witt's actions, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said, put the life of the officer whose identity she revealed at risk. Two years later, court papers say, her involvement with Iran began.
"Since 1981, some 26 police officers across the United States have been shot and killed by fellow police officers who have mistaken them for unsafe criminals", the report said. The Detective Endowment Association says that act shows just what type of man he was. Simonsen would start his shift by picking up water or soda and stayed to chat with workers. That's my best friend. Then the cops came out and put one guy in an ambulance'. "That bravery and that resolve is something that we all need to understand".
"He was the kind of fellow who led by example", Palladino said. "This tragedy is a heartbreaking reminder of the risks the fearless men and women in law enforcement face every day to keep us safe".
Two NYPD officers were shot responding to an apparent armed robbery at a store in Queens on Tuesday evening.
"Shots fired! Shots fired!" an officer is heard yelling.
His death marks the first New York City officer killed in the line of duty since July 2017. Bonds, who had railed about police and prison officers in a Facebook video months earlier, was fatally shot by officers soon after the attack.