NYPD officer killed, another wounded responding to robbery

NYPD officer killed, another wounded responding to robbery

NYPD officer killed, another wounded responding to robbery

An officer is then heard saying over the transmission, "Century, he's in the store he's going to the back", in reference to the suspected robber Christopher Ransom, 27.

During a Tuesday night press conference, NYPD commissioner James O'Neill said investigators believe Simonsen was killed by friendly fire.

"Friendly fire aside, it's because of the actions of the suspect that Simonsen is dead", the police commissioner said.

Ransom, a career criminal with a lengthy rap sheet, was shot multiple times and taken to New York-Presbyterian Hospital Queens in stable condition.

Two NYPD officers were shot responding to an apparent armed robbery at a store in Queens on Tuesday evening.

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Chaos erupted as soon as police pulled up and dozens of shots rang out.

"Shots fired! Shots fired!" an officer is heard yelling. He's still in the store, central. Perp's still in the location. Scores of police officers streamed to the scene, which was roped off with crime tape.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and police officials are expected to speak to reporters at the hospital Tuesday night.

The police union, Police Benevolent Association, tweeted that a detective was killed in the line of duty and a sergeant was also wounded.

Commissioner James O'Neill confirmed the shooting on Twitter, writing: 'An on-duty NYPD officer has been shot in Queens during what appears to be an armed robbery'.

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Police swarmed to the store around 6:10 p.m. after a 911 caller standing outside reported seeing the suspect take two employees to a back room at gunpoint, according to dramatic dispatch audio.

"It was heartbreaking to see", de Blasio said.

Mayor de Blasio echoed the police commissioner's statements saying, "I want to just note how hard it is for our men and women in uniform to go into a situation like this one, to go into a situation where people's live are in danger, where there's someone with a weapon ready to recklessly use it at any moment and our officers, our detectives, our sergeants go in selflessly to protect others and they know it's a moment where they can not hesitate". The other officer's condition wasn't immediately clear, but officials said there was concern about his injury.

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

'There was so much gunfire you could smell the smoke in the air, ' neighborhood resident Jason Parodi told the NYDN.

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