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Two New York City police officers shot responding to robbery

The scene in Richmond Hill Queens where at least one New York Police Department officer was shot Tuesday night Feb. 12 2019 NYPD: Two officers shot in Queens
Deanna Wagner | 13 February, 2019, 17:45

An NYPD detective was shot and killed by friendly fire on Tuesday night while responding to an attempted armed robbery.

New York Attorney General Letitia James said it was "a painful night for all of New York City".

O'Neill and the Mayor Bill de Blasio met with the family at a hospital.

"They did not hesitate". He's said to be in very critical condition. "Through the windows of the store the officers did not see anyone inside".

"Sources said the detective and sergeant, both of whom were assigned to the local 102nd Precinct Detective Squad, responded after the perpetrator walked into the T-Mobile store with a gun and a duffle bag and took two people hostage and brought them into a back room".

O'Neill said as the suspect advanced toward them, the officers discharged their weapons and retreated out of the store.

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Arwindern Singh, who lives across the street from the store, said he heard about 20 shots go off and thought they were firecrackers. "At this hour, I will tell you that this appears to be an absolute tragic case of friendly fire".

Witnesses told Fox 5's Stacey Delikat that they heard multiple shots coming from a T-Mobile store and then saw first responders rush down Atlantic Avenue. He then blamed the suspected robber for the incident.

"Make no mistake about it - friendly fire aside - it is because of the actions of the suspect that Detective Simonsen is dead", he said. Simonsen and Sgt. Matthew Gorman were working an unrelated case nearby when they responded to a call shortly after 6 p.m. He was taken to the hospital by a passerby in a civilian vehicle. A 27-year-old suspect in the robbery, who has an extensive arrest history, was injured and is in custody, police said.

The callers described the suspect as a male armed with a firearm and at least one of the callers said two employees of the store had been forced at gunpoint to the rear, NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill said.

The suspect is dead, it's reported by NY1.

"Tonight highlights the incredibly fearless actions NYPD members perform each day in the name of fighting crime and keeping people safe in every neighborhood". Bonds, who had railed about police and prison officers in a Facebook video months earlier, was fatally shot by officers soon after the attack. "He didn't have to be at work tonight", Palladino said.