NYPD detective shot and killed while responding to armed robbery

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NEW YORK (KKTV/AP) - New York City police say a detective was killed in the line of duty while responding to an armed robbery Tuesday night.

Det. Brian Simonsen, 42, and Sgt. Matthew Gorman, 34, were on an unrelated call in Queens when they heard reports of a robbery at a T-Mobile store. When they responded, they saw a man walk out of the store aiming in their direction what looked like a firearm.

"With the suspect advancing toward them, the officers discharged their weapons and retreated out of the store. That was when Det. Simonsen was shot,” said Police Commissioner James O'Neill.

NYPD has released few other details, only that Simonsen and Gorman were both hit in a "tragic case of friendly fire." Both were rushed to the hospital, where Simonsen was pronounced dead.

“This is an absolute tragedy, the worst outcome any police officer or family of a police officer could ever imagine,” he told CBS New York.

The suspect was shot multiple times but survived the shooting and was taken into custody. O'Neill referred to him as a "career criminal" with more than 20 past arrests. The suspect is 27 years old.

“Make no mistake about it, friendly fire aside, it’s because of the actions of the suspect that Det. Simonsen is dead,” O'Neill said.

Police say an imitation firearm was later recovered.