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Det. Brian Simonsen, officer killed by friendly fire, honored at memorial Mass one year after death

Posted: 3:27 PM, Feb 12, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-12 15:27:04-05
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RICHMOND HILL, Queens — Fallen NYPD Det. Brian Simonsen was honored Wednesday at a memorial Mass marking the anniversary of his death.

Simonsen, 42, was remembered for his devotion to his family, the police department and his community on Long Island.

“When we lose a member of our police force, our whole city learns about the life of a good man and we learn it too late,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said during the Mass at Holy Child Jesus Church in Richmond Hill, Queens. “There’s no question how special a human being Brian was and how missed he is.”

Simonsen, of Calverton, was killed by friendly fire on Feb. 12, 2019, while responding to a robbery at a T-Mobile in Queens.

Burglary suspect Christopher Ransom allegedly charged at officers inside the store and pointed a fake gun at them. The officers fired 42 shots and Simonsen was fatally struck, police said.

Ransom was charged with robbery, aggravated manslaughter and menacing, according to police.