A New York City district Attorney said she hopes the family Brian Simonsen, a fallen officer of the NYPD, will “finally have some closure” after the 33-year sentence given to the suspect in the 2019 friendly fire death.
Christopher Ransom, a Brooklyn-based 30-year-old, was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty in connection to the February 2019 robbery at a T-Mobile Store. When officers arrived at the scene, Ransom pointed a fake pistol at them – prompting police to discharge their weapons, according to Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz. Simonsen, 42, died after being shot once in the torso.
She said in a statement that she hoped the family of Detective Brian Simonsen would be able to get closure through the sentencing. “His lawless and selfish behavior set the stage for the horrible events of that day. He committed one of many robberies, terrorizing the employees at the cell phone store, before drawing the attention of the police.
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Katz stated, “The heartbreaking outcome was the loss of Detective Simonsen” and the injury sustained by Sergeant Matthew Gorman.”
Ransom, who was also hit by gunfire that evening, told a court Wednesday, “I have slowly over the time come to realize that I am responsible for the chain of events which led to Simonsen’s passing and for this, I am deeply ashamed.”
He said, according to reports, that Detective Simonsen has no explanations why he did not drop his stupid fake gun as he instructed. “I must now accept the fact that I did not drop that stupid fake gun when I was told to do so.
In a statement, Ransom’s attorneys at the Legal Aid Society noted he had been struck eight times that night after police fired 42 shots in 11 seconds, Fox5 NY reports.
According to the statement, “We hope that NYPD also uses this opportunity to reexamine its own procedures and training so that tragedy like this never occurs again.”
Katz’s office also said Ransom pleaded guilty to robbery in the second degree for a separate incident that happened on Feb. 8, 2019 – just days before the police-involved shooting at the T-Mobile store.
“According to Court records Ransom arrived at the Richmond Hill T-Mobile Store on 120th Street on February 12, 2019, shortly after 6 p.m. Ransom ordered the employees to surrender cash and merchandise, while holding what appeared to be an unidentified pistol.” The office said. Ransom had taken the employees to a back room in the store and reassembled them when police arrived. He pointed the fake gun at the officers. The officers fired their weapons in response.
Sgt. Matthew Gorman was shot in the leg during the incident. He has since been released.
Source: Fox News