Feb. 12 (UPI) — An NYPD detective was fatally shot while another officer was wounded during a shootout Tuesday night in New York City during an armed robbery.
The gunfight broke out after police responded to a 911 call from a bystander at around 6:15 p.m. who reported seeing the suspect take two employees at gunpoint to the back of a Queen’s T-Mobile store, the New York Times reported.
Det. Brian Simonsen was fatally shot in the chest during the exchange, the New York Daily News reported.
Another officer, a detective sergeant, was shot in the leg.
Both officers were rushed to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center where Simonsen was pronounced dead.
Neither was wearing a bulletproof vest.
A suspect was shot during the exchange and was also taken to the hospital.
At Jamaica hospital, dozens of police officers grieved for their fallen officer while New York Mayor Bill de Blasio arrived later.
“Due to police activity, please avoid the area of Atlantic Ave. & 120th Street in Queens. Expect a heavy police presence,” the NYPD tweeted.
The 19-year veteran is the first fallen officer from a gunshot wound since 2017 when officer Miosotis Familia was killed by a gunman who walked up to the passenger side of a police patrol vehicle and shot her through the window.
It is also the second time in three months that an officer has been shot following a friendly fire incident in December on Staten Island, PIX11 reported.
New York Sen. Chuck Schumer said in a tweet that “We are forever indebted to the brave NYPD detective who was killed in Queens tonight and the sergeant who was wounded. May God bless them and their families.”
The investigation is ongoing.
We are forever indebted to the brave NYPD detective who was killed in Queens tonight and the sergeant who was wounded. May God bless them and their families.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) February 13, 2019