NY detective killed in friendly fire incident, commissioner says

The scene in Richmond Hill Queens where at least one New York Police Department officer was shot Tuesday night Feb. 12 2019

One NYPD officer has been shot dead and another is injured following a shootout at a T-Mobile store in Queens on Tuesday night.

Police officers on the scene had desperately called for a "blood bank", indicating that at least one of the officers was in need of a life-saving transfusion.

They were not wearing vests when they responded.

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

"Sources said the detective - who had just a year to go before retirement - was pronounced dead at Jamaica Hospital, and the sergeant is expected to survive", NY1 reported. Second officer shot in stable condition.

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

The officer then says, "He's still in the store".

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The sergeant, who was hit in a leg, is also from the 102nd Precinct.

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

An imitation gun belonging to the suspect was recovered on the scene.

Det. Brian Simonsen was shot and killed by possible friendly fire during the armed robbery at a T-Mobile store in Queens. The Associated Press said the doors of the store were blown out by the gunfire and glass fragments littered the sidewalk.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted: "We will never forget him or his sacrifice".

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

The mayor said that he and the commissioner had told Simonsen's family that "the New York City Police Department will be there for them, the people of New York City will be there for them".

That's when the cops were shot by other responding officers. Bonds, who had railed about police and prison officers in a Facebook video months earlier, was fatally shot by officers soon after the attack.

De Blasio on Tuesday night praised officers for rushing into risky situations and taking decisive action when lives are threatened.

In December, a police officer on Staten Island was hit by friendly fire as officers responding to a domestic dispute call shot and killed a man carrying a knife. "That bravery and that resolve is something that we all need to understand".

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