New York detective killed by ‘friendly fire’ while responding to robbery

NYPD: Two officers shot in Queens

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". He was taken to the hospital by a passerby in a civilian vehicle. "Simonsen is dead", Commissioner O'Neill said.

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

Arwindern Singh, who lives across the street from the store, said he heard about 20 shots go off and thought they were firecrackers.

"No sirens, guys", a dispatcher warns. The two were on duty and happened to be nearest to the scene when the call came in.

When he went outside, he said "all of a sudden there were cops all over".

"Shots fired! Shots fired!" an officer is heard yelling on the dispatch audio over a barrage of gunshots. The Associated Press said the doors of the store were blown out by the gunfire and glass fragments littered the sidewalk. Bullet holes pocked frosted windows decorated with the T-Mobile logo. Some walked together in a line, searching for evidence.

Dozens of officers were seen hugging and crying in the hospital lobby as Mayor Bill de Blasio arrived shortly after the shooting.

O'Neill and the Mayor Bill de Blasio met with the family at a hospital. "His mom, who has suffered so much". "The shock that they are feeling was so painful to see".

O'Neill said as the suspect advanced toward them, the officers discharged their weapons and retreated out of the store.

Simonsen and Gorman responded to the T-Mobile store after two separate 911 callers reported a robbery in progress at the location.

"The sympathies and prayers of the entire New York City Police Department are with the family and colleagues of Detective Simonsen tonight". Bonds, who had railed about police and prison officers in a Facebook video months earlier, was fatally shot by officers soon after the attack.

Officers responded and fired multiple rounds, during which Simonsen was hit, the commissioner informed. "That bravery and that resolve is something that we all need to understand".



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