Police radio captured the dramatic moments an NYPD detective was fatally shot and a fellow officer wounded in a hail of friendly fire at the scene of a robbery in Queens.
The apparently redacted audio, posted to Twitter by @NYScanner, begins fairly quietly before a torrent of rounds were discharged during the Tuesday night shootout at a T-Mobile store in Richmond Hill that left 42-year-old Detective Brian Simonsen dead and Sgt. Matthew Gorman wounded.
“Shots fired! Shots fired!” an officer repeatedly shouts over the din of gunfire.
A dispatcher then can be heard saying, “We got shots fired 1-2-0,” in reference to the location of the 6:10 p.m. shooting at Atlantic Avenue and 120th Street in Richmond Hill.
“Shots fired!” a cop again yells, before the dispatcher says, “Once again we got shots fired … on Atlantic.”
An officer is then heard saying over the transmission, “Central, he’s in the store, he’s going to the back,” in reference to the suspected robber, Christopher Ransom, 27.
“Get covered! Get covered, guys!”
The officer then says, “He’s still in the store. Central, he’s still in the store.”
The dispatcher can be heard saying, “Sergeant go,” before an officer — presumably Gorman — says: “Be advised, I’m shot. Perp’s still in the location. Please set up a route going to Jamaica [hospital].”
Responding officers can be heard setting up a perimeter around the store and the NYPD’s Emergency Services Unit is called, according to the audio.
“Perp is still in the location,” someone again says over the radio transmission.
An officer asks over the radio, “Where’s Gorman?”
Seconds later, a female dispatcher is heard asking, “Do we have anyone shot at this point,” and someone responds: “We have an MOS [member of service] shot at this location.”
Simonsen and Gorman responded to the T-Mobile store after two separate 911 callers reported a robbery in progress there.
The callers described the suspect as a male armed with a firearm, and at least one of the callers said two employees of the store had been forced at gunpoint to the rear, NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said.
Simonsen and Gorman entered the store and immediately saw a man fitting the description of the suspect emerge from the back, pointing at them what turned out to be a fake gun.
The officers discharged their weapons and retreated out of the store, O’Neill said.
That’s when the cops were shot by other responding officers.
Simonsen was fatally shot in the chest and rushed to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where he died, while Gorman was struck in the leg and taken to the same hospital in stable condition, officials said.
The suspect, Christopher Ransom, 27, a career criminal with a lengthy rap sheet, was shot multiple times and taken to New York–Presbyterian Hospital Queens in stable condition.
“Make no mistake about it — friendly fire aside — it is because of the actions of the suspect that Detective Simonsen is dead,” O’Neill said Tuesday night.
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