Mourners bid farewell to NYPD detective tragically killed by friendly fire

Above, funeral services are held.

HAMPTON BAYS, N.Y. — Family and friends gathered Wednesday to bid a final farewell to Detective Brian Simonsen.

The 19-year veteran was tragically killed while responding to a robbery in Queens.

From his home precinct at the 102 in Queens and NYPD officers across the five boroughs to Nassau and Suffolk County police and beyond, a sea of blue uniforms streamed in to fill the Church of St. Rosalie in Hampton Bays for the past two days during Simonsen’s wake to honor his service.

Simonsen was among the officers who responded to a T-Mobile store in Queens on Feb. 12.

Burglary suspect Christopher Ransom, a career criminal, allegedly charged at officers from inside the store and pointed a fake handgun at them. Officers fired 42 shots.

A second man, Jagger Freeman, was arraigned Sunday. Police say he acted as the lookout for Ransom.

Simonsen was killed in the attack in a tragic case of friendly fire, officials said. His partner, Sgt. Michael Gorman was also injured.

During the funeral service, NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill posthumously promoted Simonsen to detective first grade.

O’Neill, his voice choked with emotion, said firmly that the suspects are “the only people” responsible for Simonsen’s death. He thanked officers of the 102nd Precinct, where Simonsen worked, for their dedication.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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