NYPD detective killed by friendly-fire during robbery receives posthumous promotion at funeral

A limousine that is part of the funeral procession for Det. Brian Simonsen, is parked in front of the Church of St. Rosalie in Hampton Bays, N.Y., Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. Simonsen, with the New York City Police Department, was killed by friendly fire Feb. 12 as he and six other officers opened fire on a robbery suspect who police say was pointing at them what appeared to be a handgun. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

HAMPTON BAYS, N.Y. (AP) 02/20  A New York City police detective killed by friendly fire last week has received a posthumous promotion.

Police Commissioner James O’Neill announced Wednesday at the funeral of Brian Simonsen that he has been promoted to the rank of detective first grade.

In this undated photo provided by the New York City Police Department, Det. Brian Simonsen is shown. The New York City police detective killed by friendly fire last week in Queens is being laid to rest. Simonsen’s funeral Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, at the Roman Catholic Church of St. Rosalie in Hampton Bays is expected to draw thousands of people, including police officers and more than 500 New York City firefighters. (New York City Police Department via AP, File)


Mourners in the crowded Long Island church stood and applauded.

Simonsen was hit in the chest Feb. 12 as he and six other officers opened fire on a robbery suspect who police say was pointing what appeared to be a handgun.

That man and his alleged lookout have been charged with murder.

O’Neill, his voice choked with emotion, said firmly that the suspects are “the only people” responsible for Simonsen’s death. He thanked officers of the 102nd Precinct, where Simonsen worked, for their dedication.


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