Simonsen, a 19-year veteran on the force, was not supposed to have been at work Tuesday, said Detectives' Endowment Association President Michael Palladino. Another NYPD officer was wounded during the incident and was rushed to the hospital along with Simonsen where he was pronounced dead.
The suspect, described by O'Neill as a 27-year-old career criminal, was shot multiple times and is listed as stable, O'Neill said.
Ransom was taken to the hospital where he will later be released into police custody. "Simonsen is dead", O'Neill said.
"It was heartbreaking to see", de Blasio said.
An official says a New York City police officer has been shot and killed and another officer was wounded while responding to an armed robbery.
Spectrum News NY1 reported that the detective that was shot and killed "was 1 year away from retirement, @MylesMill reports".
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.
The detective, identified as Brian Simonsen of the of the 102nd Precinct's detective squad, was apparently hit by so-called friendly fire when several officers opened fire on an armed suspect, according to Commissioner James O'Neill.
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Dozens of officers were seen hugging and crying in the hospital lobby as Mayor Bill de Blasio arrived shortly after the shooting.
Commissioner James O'Neill says NYPD officers dressed in civilian clothing responded to reports of an armed man at a T-Mobile store in the Richmond Hill neighborhood of Queens around 6:15 p.m. "It's insane. The store has been robbed before but nothing as bad as this".
"This is an absolute tragedy, the worst outcome any police officer or family of a police officer could ever imagine", police commissioner O'Neill added. The other officer's condition wasn't immediately clear, but officials said there was concern about his injury.
"He was the kind of fellow that lead by example not by words, lead by his actions. All-time, all the time, he come in my store, all times", one worker said.
"I am deeply saddened by the shooting of NYPD Detective Brian Simonsen", Cuomo said. He graduated from the New York Police Department Police Academy on October 24, 2000, the News-Review reported at the time.
"He always asking us, 'How's things going?' He was always there for everybody when people need him", another worker said.
"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.