NYPD detective shot and killed while responding to armed robbery

NYPD Detective Brian Simonsen

NYPD Detective Brian Simonsen

Police were responding to a call about an armed robbery at the phone store in Richmond Hill just before 6.15pm when a gun battle broke out, sources told the New York Daily News. The doors of the T-Mobile store were blown out by the gunfire and glass fragments littered the sidewalk.

Both Simonsen and Gorman were taken by patrol vehicle to Jamaica Hospital, officials said.

O'Neill added that the blame for the tragedy still rests with Ransom, saying that the 42-year-old veteran would still be alive if not for the career criminal's actions. A 911 caller outside the store reported seeing the suspect - dressed in all black and carrying a duffel bag - take two employees to a back room at gunpoint, according to the recording. He was wounded and is hospitalized in stable condition.

Then a man matching the suspect's description emerged from the rear of the store pointing at them what appeared to be handgun and police started shooting, he said.

The union that represents uniformed officers posted online that a detective died and a sergeant was hurt. Simonsen was shot while retreating out of the store, the commissioner said.

Officers could be heard frantically calling for backup on emergency radio transmissions.

Officers recovered an imitation firearm at the scene.

The wounded detective and sergeant were rushed to Jamaica Hospital.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio and several other city officials came to Jamaica Hospital Trauma Center to meet with the officers involved and their families.

The sergeant, who has been with the NYPD for eight and a half years, was shot in the leg.

Mayor de Blasio echoed the police commissioner's statements saying, "I want to just note how hard it is for our men and women in uniform to go into a situation like this one, to go into a situation where people's live are in danger, where there's someone with a weapon ready to recklessly use it at any moment and our officers, our detectives, our sergeants go in selflessly to protect others and they know it's a moment where they can not hesitate".

Simonsen, whose 19th anniversary with the department was coming up in March, leaves behind a wife and two children.

Det. Brian Simonsen, 42, appears in an undated photo provided by the New York Police Department. Simonsen was considered a leader among his peers, Mr. Paladino said. The officer had planned to retire soon.

"Brian was a good man. He was a good detective".

Simonsen was the elected delegate of his precinct squad, Palladino said. "Because he's the delegate in the 102nd Detective Squad and today was the delegates meeting, this morning he was actually excused from duty". Simonsen didn't have to be at work when he was shot.

In December, Staten Island officer Amir Pali was hit by friendly fire as officers responded to a domestic dispute call shot and killed a man carrying a knife.

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