Detective Brian P. Simonsen

Detective Brian P. Simonsen

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, February 12, 2019

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Brian P. Simonsen

Detective Brian Simonsen was shot and killed while responding to a robbery at a cell phone store at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and 120th Street in the Richmond Hill section of the city.

Detective Simonsen and his sergeant were canvassing on an unrelated case when they heard a call for a robbery in progress. They responded to the store where they encountered a subject and attempted to apprehend him. As patrol officers responded to the scene both detectives, who were in plainclothes, were struck by friendly fire as the suspect pointed what was later determined to be a fake gun at responding officers.

Detective Simonsen succumbed to his wounds. His sergeant was transported to a local hospital with injuries.

The suspect was also shot and wounded.

Detective Simonsen had served with the New York City Police Department for 19 years and was assigned to the 102nd Precinct Detective Squad.

Bio

  • Age 42
  • Tour 19 years
  • Badge 3877

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Shot and wounded

crossfire, no vest, plainclothes, robbery

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To the family and friends of Detective Brian Simonsen, his fellow officers , and most especially to Brian:

We honor your service to your community as a police officer and you will always be remembered and revered. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of our entire family, I wish to extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Brian was tragically killed in the line of duty. It is obvious he was well-loved by many and well-respected by his peers and officers as reflected in the loving reflections left for him.

May his loved ones continued to be supported by their law enforcement family and other police survivors. Our family grieves with you and for you. To Brian's family, you are in my heart's embrace today.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the many years of distinguished service Brian gave to his community and the citizens of New York, and the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on February 12, 2019

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

February 12, 2021

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