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Man sentenced to 33 years in friendly fire death of NYPD detective from LI

Christopher Ransom pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter in connection to a 2019 Queens cellphone store robbery.

News 12 Staff

Nov 17, 2021, 5:29 PM

Updated 974 days ago

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A New York City man who pleaded guilty to charges in connection to the death of an NYPD detective from Calverton has been sentenced to 33 years.
Christopher Ransom pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter in a 2019 Queens cellphone store robbery.
Officials say the robbery led to the fatal friendly fire shooting of Detective Brian Simonsen and the wounding of an NYPD sergeant who responded to the scene.
Ransom and an accomplice used a fake gun to hold up the store. Officers fired their own weapons, officials say, and Simonsen was struck and killed.


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