Police say detective killed by friendly fire

Investigators look over the area after a few New York City police officers were shot while responding to a robbery at a T Mobile store in the Queens borough of New York on Tuesday Feb. 12 2019. An official said one of them was killed. (AP

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.

Detective Brian Simonsen, 42, was fatally shot in a T-Mobile store, police told the New York Post.

"Make no mistake about it, friendly fire aside, it's because of the actions of the suspect that Detective Simonsen is dead", O'Neill added.

Both detectives were taken to Jamaica Hospital by patrol auto, the officials said.

The incident occurred at a T-Mobile location, according to a Fox 5 NY reporter who tweeted a photo from the scene.

Gunfire erupted after police responded to reports of an armed robbery at the T-Mobile in Richmond Hill around 6.15pm Tuesday.

"It was heartbreaking, absolutely heartbreaking", De Blasio said.

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Simonesen and Gorman entered the saw and immediately saw a man fitting the description of the suspect emerge from the back, pointing at them what turned out to be a fake gun. As the suspect advanced toward them, the officers fired their weapons and retreated out of the store.

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. About a minute later, the sergeant tells dispatchers that he's been hit and an officer screams for dispatchers to rush an ambulance to the scene for the mortally wounded detective. A native of Jamesport and a current resident of Calverton, he was killed by friendly fire, police officials said.

Sen. Chuck Schumer said, "We are forever indebted to the courageous NYPD detective who was killed in Queens tonight and the sergeant who was wounded". He was shot multiple times and is listed in stable condition. He was "shot in the chest after confronting suspect" A second officer "was shot in the leg and is recovering".

"Once again our hearts are broken in the NYPD", Commissioner James P. O'Neill said. The 42-year-old detective was a 19-year veteran. The detective is survived by his wife and mother.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and several other city officials are at Jamaica Hospital Trauma Center. "We will be there for his family and his fellow officers tonight, tomorrow and every day after that". Chuck Schumer D-N.Y. tweeted: "We are forever indebted to the fearless NYPD detective who was killed in Queens tonight and the sergeant who was wounded. May God bless them and their families".

This is a developing story.

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