Detective Brian Simonsen


Thousands attend funeral for NYPD detective killed by friendly fire, receives posthumous promotion

February 20, 2019 - 11:11 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- "He just cared so much" and was a "friend to everyone."

That's how Mayor Bill de Blasio described NYPD Det. Brian Simonsen at his funeral Wednesday morning.

Thousands of mourners are gathered at the funeral for the veteran detective who was killed by friendly fire.

Simonsen received a posthumous promotion at the funeral. Police Commissioner James O'Neill said Simonesen has been promoted to the rank of detective first grade. Mourners in the crowded Long Island church stood and applauded.

Funeral services began at 10 a.m. at the Church of St. Rosalie in Hampton Bays. 

Simonsen was killed last week when he responded to a robbery at a T-Mobile store in Richmond Hills. Officers opened fire when they say Christopher Ransom pointed a fake gun at them.

"Brian had the ability to bring officers and the community closer together," the mayor said.

"He was supposed to be off that night, but he volunteered to come in so that shows a dedicated cop, really the best of the NYPD which is the best," Congressman Peter King said at Simonsen's wake.

Ransom, 27, faces murder, manslaughter, assault, and robbery charges.

A second suspect, Jagger Freeman 25, is suspected of being a lookout during the robbery. He has been charged with murder, robbery, assault, and criminal possession of a weapon.