NYPD detective fatally shot, officer injured in gunfight

Leroy Wright
February 13, 2019

Both of them were rushed to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where the detective was pronounced dead.

NYPD officials said that a suspect was shot multiple times and was critically wounded.

Also injured in the Richmond Hill robbery attempt was Sgt. Matthew Gorman, who was shot in the hip and taken to Jamaica hospital where he is recovering. The officers retreated from the store and "that was when Simonsen was shot". One bullet struck Simonsen, who was not wearing protective gear, in the chest.

"Make no mistake about it, friendly fire aside, it is because of the actions of the suspect that Det".

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". He is in stable condition.

Simonsen and Gorman entered the store and were confronted by a suspect wielding what appeared to be a gun, Commissioner James O'Neill said at a press conference Tuesday night.

Given the suspect's criminal history, Palladino said: "I think we have to ask the question: Why was someone with such an extensive arrest record out on the street and not incarcerated?"

His work professionalism, leadership and tireless work ethic also lauded by Michael Palladino, the leader of the local Detective's Endowment Association.

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"He was the kind of fellow that lead by example not by words, lead by his actions". Simonsen earlier Tuesday. An elected delegate with the 102nd detective squad, Det.

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.

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

"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 incident unfolded as the officers, who were on an unrelated call nearby, responded to an armed robbery call at a T-Mobile store.

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