New York ( New York Daily News)In a tragic case of friendly fire, an NYPD detective was shot and killed, and a sergeant wounded, Tuesday night in a hail of police bullets triggered by a robber at a Queens cell phone store — wielding what turned out to be a fake gun, authorities said.
Detective Brian Simonsen and Sgt. Matthew Gorman of the 102 Precinct were responding to reports of an armed robbery at a T-Mobile cell phone store at Atlantic Ave. and 121st St. in Richmond Hill at around 6:15 p.m.
Simonsen, 42, whose 19-year anniversary of service would have been March 1, and Gorman entered the store and were confronted by a suspect with what appeared to be a gun, Commissioner James O’Neil said at a press conference Tuesday night.
Simonsen and Gorman opened fire on the suspect, and as they retreated from the store, they were struck by bullets from cops outside, O’Neill said.
Simonsen was fatally shot in the chest and Gorman was hit in the hip.