NYPD DETECTIVE KILLED IN VIOLENT ARMED ROBBERY SHOOTOUT IN QUEENS

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Photo: NYPD Officers gather outside Jamaica Hospital after hearing Detective pronounced dead

An NYPD Detective, whose identity has not yet been released,was killed Tuesday evening during a robbery attempt at a cell phone store in the Richmond Hill section of Queens. A second officer was wounded in the leg. Both were transported to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center.

The wild shootout occurred after the two officers, both plainclothes officers of an anti-crime squad from the 102nd Precinct, responded to a report of a robbery at a T-Mobile store on the north side of Atlantic Avenue and 120th Street, around  6:15 p.m. When the two officers arrived, they were immediately met by gunfire. The officers were able to return fire, but the detective was struck in the chest. Police have not confirmed if he was wearing a bullet-proof vest or not.

The suspect was also shot during the exchange with police and was immediately taken into custody. Police transported the suspect to Jamaica Hospital where they waited to question him.

The detective was the first New York City police officer to be killed in the line of duty since July 2017.

Local residents in the area who did not see the actual shooting said they were shocked to hear about the incident in their neighborhood.

"This is usually a quiet neighborhood," said one bystander, who was on his way home from work. "We usually feel very safe walking the streets here. This is so tragic."

Dozens of police officers from the 102nd and other police precincts gathered around outside Jamaica Hospital clearly grief-stricken by the loss of their colleague.

 

The investigation remains ongoing at this time.

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