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Local law enforcement offers condolences to NYPD during time of loss

ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) - The New York Police Department in mourning on Wednesday after one of their own was shot and killed while responding to a call on Tuesday night.  

A long time police vet, 42-year-old Detective Brian Simonsen was shot and killed by friendly fire while responding to a robbery call at T-mobile store in Queens tuesday night.

The 19-year police veteran was honored by his fellow officers as his body was transported from the hospital. On Wednesday the NYPD released additional details on what happened including just how many rounds were fired. According to police seven members of the service, discharged a total of 42 rounds.

Police departments across the Twin Tiers are sharing their condolences. 

"At this time we certainly send our condolences out to the fallen detective and wish for a speedy recovery for the wounded detective," said EPD Sgt. Frank Hillman. "We all kind of accept that risk, knowing that sort of thing could happen no matter whether its in uniform type capacity, off duty capacity, or in this case unfortunately plain clothes capcity."

The Elmira Police Department says they have training to prevent these types of situations from happening. 

"We have a lesson plan that we go over things that a plain clothes officer needs to do to protect himself, to make sure that the uniformed officers can identify him quickly and not have an unfortunate incident like they had," said Brian Williams.


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