NYPD officer killed in apparent armed robbery in Queens, New York

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Two NYPD officers were shot, one fatally, Tuesday night while responding to a call at a cellphone store in the Queens borough of New York City, CBS New York reports.

The police union, Police Benevolent Association, tweeted that a detective was killed in the line of duty and a sergeant was also wounded.

The incident unfolded as officers responded to what appeared to be an armed robbery at a T-Mobile store.

CBS New York reports both officers were rushed to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where sources say one of them was pronounced dead. Police said at least one suspect was also shot and rushed to a local hospital, where he was placed in custody.

New York City Mayor de Blasio was briefed on the situation and arrived at Jamaica Hospital, his spokesman Eric Phillips said.

New York Sen. Chuck Schumer tweeted his condolences not long after the shooting.

We are forever indebted to the brave NYPD detective who was killed in Queens tonight and the sergeant who was wounded. May God bless them and their families.

— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) February 13, 2019

Officials urged people to avoid the area in Richmond Hill due to a heavy police presence in response to the shooting. The Associated Press said the doors of the store were blown out by the gunfire and glass fragments littered the sidewalk.

A large number of officers had gathered outside the hospital, along with top police officials. It's the second time a police officer has been shot in the city in the past three months, AP points out. In December, an officer on Staten Island was hit by friendly fire as officers responded to a domestic dispute call.

An on-duty #NYPD officer has been shot in Queens during what appears to be an armed robbery. More details, as they become available, via @NYPDnews. pic.twitter.com/jp0fr9XsDh

— Commissioner O'Neill (@NYPDONeill) February 12, 2019

This is a breaking story. Please check back for latest updates.


First published on February 12, 2019

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