Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Police Detective Killed by Friendly Fire in New York City

Police Detective Killed by Friendly Fire in New York City

Police identified the officer who died as 42-year-old detective Brian Simonsen, a 19-year veteran of the force. The detective shot in the chest was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The suspect, described as a 27-year-old "career criminal", was not identified by police.

In a grim rite, officers from across the New York City Police Department stood and saluted Tuesday night outside Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in a cold drizzle as the remains of a detective, believed to have been caught in the crosshairs of fellow law enforcement, were driven past in an ambulance. Simonsen and Sgt. Matthew Gorman were working an unrelated case nearby when they responded to a call shortly after 6 p.m.

Det. Simonsen is the brother of Melissa Simonsen, who was tragically killed after being struck by a vehicle while crossing Roanoke Avenue in Riverhead in July 1992.

"Make no mistake about it - friendly fire aside - it is because of the actions of the suspect that Detective Simonsen is dead", he said.

In 2013, Christopher Ransom was convicted of violating a court order to keep away from a pair of female Brooklyn judges after he lied his way into a judicial internship.

"This is an absolute tragedy, the worst outcome any police officer or family of a police officer could ever imagine", police commissioner O'Neill added. He was shot multiple times and taken to hospital.

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"Once again our hearts are broken in the NYPD", Commissioner James P. O'Neill said.

Another officer, a sergeant who was shot in the leg, is listed in stable condition. The Detective Endowment Association says that act shows just what type of man he was.

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. "All-time, all the time, he come in my store, all times", one worker said.

"I thought, 'Who plays with firecrackers in the rain?'" he said. "That bravery and that resolve is something that we all need to understand". "And I hope that all New Yorkers understand how hard a job that of an NYPD officer is".

New York City police say two officers have been shot during an apparent armed robbery. 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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