In a grim rite, officers from across the New York City Police Department stood and saluted Tuesday night outside Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in a cold drizzle as the remains of a detective, believed to have been caught in the crosshairs of fellow law enforcement, were driven past in an ambulance.
"No sirens, guys", a dispatcher warns. It happened as other officers were also arriving on the scene. Commissioner O'Neill says they looked through the windows of the store. The Associated Press said the doors of the store were blown out by the gunfire and glass fragments littered the sidewalk.
They entered the store and shot at the suspect, who was "pointing at them what appeared to be a handgun", O'Neill said, later adding that "an imitation firearm" had been recovered at the scene.
'We lost a very good man, ' Mayor Bill de Blasio said of the hero detective. "His mom, who has suffered so much".
Simonsen, who was assigned to the 102 Precinct, leaves behind a wife and two children. When they didn't see anyone inside they went into the store.
The squad had a meeting Tuesday morning and officers say because of that meeting, Simonsen was excused from being at work Tuesday night.
Police were responding to a call about an armed robbery at the phone store in Richmond Hill just before 6.15pm when a gun battle broke out, sources told the New York Daily News.
He says the detective was immediately put into a marked police vehicle and rushed to the hospital, but despite their efforts, he died. Bonds, who had railed about police and prison officers in a Facebook video months earlier, was fatally shot by officers soon after the attack.
In December, a police officer on Staten Island survived being hit by friendly fire as officers responding to a domestic dispute call shot and killed a man carrying a knife.
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