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February 14, 2019 - 8:05 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- There are still lots of unanswered questions surrounding the shooting death of NYPD detective Brian Simonsen.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio said the investigation will take as long as necessary. Cops fired 42 shots amid the frightening and tragic circumstances that lasted about 11 seconds.

Top police brass said make no mistake, the friendly fire death was caused by the actions of suspect Christopher Ransom who has now been charged with murder.

"The perpetrator makes his way right to that front door, he holds up his hand with the firearm in his hand and he simulates that he's firing at the officer, then he retreats back into that store as shots are being fired," Chief of Force Investigations, Kevin Maloney said. "Detective Simonsen did not have a vest on, the other personnel did have their vests on."

Simonsen was in plain clothes when he shot. Another officer, a sergeant from Seaford, was hit in the leg.

According to the Daily News, a police source indicated the body cam captured a chaotic scene where bullets were fired frantically.

"You don't want to see that footage. It was like the wild west out there," the source said.

Seven officers opened fire.

Ransom has been charged with murder, two counts of robbery, assault, manslaughter, and menacing.

Simonsen's friends have been stopping by his family's home in Calverton.

"He was a good guy, I always liked him. I knew him from when he was young," one man said.

He and his wife were known for hosting barbecues and pool parties.

"We'd need a football stadium to actually fill how many friends he had," former partner Terrance O'Grady said.

The funeral will be on Wednesday at the St. Rosalie Roman Catholic Church.