Funeral being held for NYC detective killed by friendly fire

Posted at 1:07 AM, Feb 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-20 01:07:22-05

HAMPTON BAYS, N.Y. (AP) — A New York City police detective killed by friendly fire last week in Queens is being laid to rest.

Det. Brian Simonsen's funeral Wednesday 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.

Simonsen died Feb. 12 after he was wounded once in the chest 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.

Robbery suspect Christopher Ransom and a man police say acted as his lookout have been charged with murder.

Simonsen, 42, was a 19-year NYPD veteran. He lived near his Long Island hometown and was nicknamed "Smiles" for his friendly personality.