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Police officer killed by friendly fire in New York City

Police officer killed by friendly fire in New York City

"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.

O'Neill said the officers saw the suspect emerging from the back, pointing at them what appeared to be a handgun.

"The sympathies and prayers of the entire New York City Police Department are with the family and colleagues of Detective Simonsen tonight".

Another officer, a sergeant who was shot in the leg, is listed in stable condition. Simonsen was considered a leader among his peers, Mr. Paladino said.

In a grim rite, officers from across the New York City Police Department stood and saluted Tuesday night outside Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in a cold drizzle as the remains of a detective, believed to have been caught in the crosshairs of fellow law enforcement, were driven past in an ambulance.

O'Neill said a sergeant, who has been on the force for 8 and a half years, was also wounded and is in stable condition.

"It was heartbreaking to see", NYC mayor Bill de Blasio said.

"No sirens, guys", the dispatcher warns. Scores of police officers streamed to the scene, which was roped off with crime tape.




Arwindern Singh, who lives across the street from the store, said he heard about 20 shots go off and thought they were firecrackers. The Associated Press said the doors of the store were blown out by the gunfire and glass fragments littered the sidewalk.

An imitation gun belonging to the suspect was recovered on the scene. Some walked together in a line, searching for evidence. "His mom, who has suffered so much".

NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea remembered Simonsen, a member of the 102nd precinct, as one who "personified the NYPD's motto, Fidelis Ad Mortem - Faithful Unto Death". "The shock that they are feeling was so painful to see".

"Since 1981, some 26 police officers across the United States have been shot and killed by fellow police officers who have mistaken them for unsafe criminals", the report said. Palladino said because the delegates' meeting took place Tuesday morning, Simonsen "was actually excused from duty".

"Shots fired! Shots fired!" an officer is heard yelling.

The detectives were responding to a call about a robbery at a cellphone store in Queens, the police said. 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.

"He always asking us, 'How's things going?' He was always there for everybody when people need him", another worker said.