Queens vigil remembers slain Det. Brian Simonsen

February 17, 2019 - 3:48 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) The Ozone Park Block Association along with local clergy spearheaded a vigil to remember recently slain Det. Brian Simonsen.

The community gathered not just to remember Simonsen, 42, who was killed February 12, but also to give support to his fellow officers at the 102nd Precinct.

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Sam Esposito, president of the block association, said they “felt  it was an urgency for the community to support the police department, to let them know we stand behind the police.”

Simonsen was killed in a suspected case of “friendly fire” while responding to reports of a robbery at a cellphone store in Queens.

Officers responded to a suspect pointing a realistic-looking gun, which turned out to be fake, by firing 42 shots in 11 seconds, police say. Simonsen, a 19-year veteran of the NYPD, was

Christopher Ransom, 27, and Jagger Freeman, 25, have been charged with second degree murder, robbery, assault and other charges in relation to the Simonsen’s death and the events which preceded the police’s arrival at the scene.