New York Police Detective Killed by ‘Friendly Fire’ While Responding to Apparent Armed Robbery

Rocco Parascandola , Thomas Tracy , John Annese , Noah Goldberg , Kerry Burke And Cathy Burke, New York Daily News

NEW YORK — 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.</…

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