Detective Brian Simonsen

Detective Brian Simonsen

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, February 12, 2019

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Brian 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 (Accidental)
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Shot and wounded

crossfire, no vest, plainclothes, robbery

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Detective Simonsen,

May you rest in the arms of God and may God be with your family.

Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Det. Russ Cain
Pittsburgh PD

February 18, 2019

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