A New York City police officer was shot and killed on Tuesday, and another officer was wounded, after responding to a robbery in the borough of Queens, NYPD Commissioner James P. O'Neill confirmed.
Det. Brian Simonsen, 42, was struck in the chest as multiple officers fired on the suspect at a T-Mobile store in Queens, O'Neill said. The detective and sergeant fired, and as they were leaving the store, the detective was apparently shot by uniformed officers.
One of the suspects - a 27-year-old "career criminal" - was shot "multiple times" and critically wounded in the hail of at least a dozen bullets. News 12 is told he is from the border of Crown Heights and Brownsville and has eight prior arrests.
The suspected gunman was also shot and injured, and also taken to the hospital. Gorman is in stable condition.
"Once again our hearts are broken in the NYPD", Commissioner James P. O'Neill said.
Authorities say 42-year-old Det. Simonson and the sergeant were in the area working on an unrelated case when they heard the call come over the radio.
They were not wearing vests when they responded. The officers retreated from the store and "that was when Simonsen was shot".
"Sources said the detective and sergeant, both of whom were assigned to the local 102nd Precinct Detective Squad, responded after the perpetrator walked into the T-Mobile store with a gun and a duffle bag and took two people hostage and brought them into a back room". The officers discharged their weapons as the suspect advanced toward them.
Witnesses to the shocking shootout reported hearing at least 15 to 20 gunshots exchanged between police and the suspects. Bonds, who had railed about police and prison officers in a Facebook video months earlier, was fatally shot by officers soon after the attack. Simonsen's body. State police, FDNY firefighters, as well as bridge and tunnel officers all lined the highway to show respect.
"Make no mistake about it - friendly fire aside, it's because of the actions of the suspect that Detective Simonsen is dead", O'Neill said.
Simonsen, who called Long Island home, leaves behind his wife.
"He was excused from duty yesterday, but he felt compelled to go to work because he was investigating a robbery pattern".
Mike Palladino, the president of the Detective Endowment Association, also praised Simonsen for his bravery and noted that he had given his life on a day that he could have been at home with his family.