Det. Brian Simonsen was shot and killed by possible friendly fire during the armed robbery at a T-Mobile store in Queens. The officers entered and found the suspect pointing at them what appeared to be a handgun.
"The sympathies and prayers of the entire New York City Police Department are with the family and colleagues of Detective Simonsen tonight".
A 27-year-old suspect in the robbery, who has an extensive arrest history, was injured and is in custody, police said. The detective and sergeant fired, and as they were leaving the store, the detective was apparently shot by uniformed officers.
Police Commissioner James O'Neil said the death was "an absolute tragic case of friendly fire" in a press conference at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, adding that the suspect was "carrying an imitation firearm". He was shot multiple times and taken to hospital.
"No sirens, guys", the dispatcher warns.
Police officers on the scene had desperately called for a "blood bank", indicating that at least one of the officers was in need of a life-saving transfusion. The officers retreated from the store and "that was when Simonsen was shot".
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. Bullet holes pocked frosted windows decorated with the T-Mobile logo. Some walked together in a line, searching for evidence.
Sen. Chuck Schumer said, "We are forever indebted to the courageous NYPD detective who was killed in Queens tonight and the sergeant who was wounded". "His mom, who has suffered so much".
Simonsen was then struck by friendly fire. "The shock that they are feeling was so painful to see".
Police described the suspect as a career criminal.
The squad had a meeting Tuesday morning and officers say because of that meeting, Simonsen was excused from being at work Tuesday night.
The last New York City police officer killed in the line of duty was a 12-year veteran and mother of three who was gunned down in 2017 while sitting in a police vehicle.
"The moment the NYPD Detective was murdered in Queens on Tuesday night at a robbery in a T Mobile store".
The Police Benevolent Association tweeted out a video of the escort for Det.
Officers responded and fired multiple rounds, during which Simonsen was hit, the commissioner informed.