Friendly fire was blamed in the death of a New York City police detective who responded to a robbery in Queens after a gun battle erupted Tuesday night that injured another officer and left the suspect in critical condition, police said.
Detective Brian Simonsen, 42, was fatally shot in a T-Mobile store, police told the New York Post. Sergeant Matthew Gorman was also struck by friendly fire in the leg, the paper reported. Police told the Post that both officers were believed to have been struck when other officers arrived at the scene and began shooting.
The suspect, a career criminal, was taken into custody and reported to be in critical condition, according to the Post. He had been wielding an imitation gun.
The incident occurred at a T-Mobile location,…
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