Second officer shot in stable condition. A witness said he heard 10 to 11 shots fired before he saw someone - believed to be the sergeant - limping to his auto. The Associated Press said the doors of the store were blown out by the gunfire and glass fragments littered the sidewalk. Simonsen was considered a leader among his peers, Mr. Paladino said. Bullet holes pocked frosted windows decorated with the T-Mobile logo.
Det. Brian Simonsen was shot and killed by possible friendly fire during the armed robbery at a T-Mobile store in Queens. "The shock that they are feeling was so painful to see".
The suspected gunman is a 27-year-old "career criminal", according to O'Neill.
Simonsen, who was assigned to the 102 Precinct, leaves behind a wife and two children.
Given the suspect's criminal history, Palladino said: "I think we have to ask the question: Why was someone with such an extensive arrest record out on the street and not incarcerated?" He was shot multiple times.More news: Bebe Rexha Addresses Size Discrimination at Grammys Following Viral Video
"This appears to be an absolute tragic case of friendly fire", said O'Neill, who added that the assessment is subject to change pending an investigation.
Then a man matching the suspect's description emerged from the rear of the store pointing at them what appeared to be handgun and police started shooting, he said.
His work professionalism, leadership and tireless work ethic also lauded by Michael Palladino, the leader of the local Detective's Endowment Association.
"We miss him, we're going to miss him". "That bravery and that resolve is something that we all need to understand".
The owner of the store closed for an hour Wednesday morning to say prayers for the fallen officer and for his partner.More news: Rich The Kid & Usher Involved In Studio Armed Robbery
"I am deeply saddened by the shooting of NYPD Detective Brian Simonsen", Cuomo said. "On behalf of all New Yorkers, I offer my deepest sympathies to Detective Simonsen's loved ones and fellow members of the NYPD".
A 911 caller said two employees at the counter of the T-Mobile cell phone store were forced at gunpoint to the back of the store during an attempted robbery, NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill said during an evening news conference.
Brian Simonsen is the first NY police officer to die in the line of duty since July 2017.
"Shots fired! Shots fired!" an officer is heard yelling. Bonds, who had railed about police and prison officers in a Facebook video months earlier, was fatally shot by officers soon after the attack.More news: President Buhari mourns death of APC supporters in Port Harcourt