2nd suspect charged in robbery that left NYPD detective dead

February 16, 2019 - 10:53 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – A second suspect has been charged in the Queens cellphone store robbery that led to the death of an NYPD detective, police say.

Jagger Freeman, 25, was charged Saturday with murder, robbery, assault and criminal possession of a weapon. He is from Queens.

Sources told 1010 WINS earlier Saturday that police had been talking to another suspect, possibly the alleged getaway driver. He was being questioned at the 102nd Precinct in Queens, where the late Det. Brian Simonsen spent his 19 years at the department.

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The second suspect was reportedly picked up on Merrick Boulevard in Queens Friday night and taken in with handcuffs that belonged to Simonsen.

Christopher Ransom, who was arraigned on murder, robbery and other charges from his hospital bed Friday, is accused of using a fake pistol to rob a T-Mobile store in Richmond Hill Tuesday night.

Police say Ransom came at them with the gun inside the store before police opened fire.

Det. Simonsen was hit once in the chest by crossfire as he and six other officers fired at Ransom. His partner, Sgt. Matthew Gorman, was wounded. It’s still unclear whose bullets hit them.

Calling hours for Simonsen begin Monday on Long Island. His funeral is Wednesday.