Detective Brian Simonsen


Wake continues for NYPD detective killed by friendly fire

February 19, 2019 - 8:07 am

HAMPTON BAYS, N.Y.(1010 WINS) -- People on Long Island and in Queens have been paying their respects to Det. Brian Simonsen.

The wake will continue on Tuesday, as tributes continue to grow at the 102nd Precinct.

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Among the first to arrive at the wake on Monday night, was Congressman Peter King (R-LI).

"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," King said.

Also spending time with Det. Simonsen's family was Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

"Everyone's united in prayer for the slain officer, and everyone's united and bolstering and propping up the wife and the family and friends," Dolan said.

Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to be at the wake at some point on Monday.

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

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.