The man whose decision to rob a cell phone store in 2019 culminated in a New York Police Department detective killed by friendly fire has been sentenced to 33 years behind bars.
Christopher Ransom and another man robbed a T-Mobile store in Queens on February 12, 2019. Ransom used a fake firearm, Exciting news now reported.
Police arrives at the scene and surrounds Ransom and his accomplice, Jagger Freeman. Even though his weapon is not real, Ransom still runs towards the officers who are pointing guns at them.
Didn’t know that guns was fake, the officers opened fire. Ransom was attacked eight times but survived. NYPD Sgt. Matthew Gorman was also hit by a police bullet. He received a bullet in the leg and lived.
Detective Brian Simonsen, a 19-year veteran of NYPD, was shot in the chest and died. The 42-year-old official left his wife, Leanne Simonsen.
Later this morning, we gathered with first responders across the country to pay tribute and rest to NYPD Detective Brian Simonsen. pic.twitter.com/gmB0pJgYaB
– NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) February 20, 2019
On Wednesday, Ransom was sentenced to 33 years in prison as part of a plea agreement.
“My hope is that Detective Brian Simonsen’s family can finally close with the sentencing of this defendant,” said Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz. “His selfish, lawless behavior caused the terrible events of that day to unfold.”
Ransom holds his role in Simonsen’s death.
“Over time, I gradually realized that I was the author of the chain of events that led to Simonsen’s death, and for that, I am deeply sorry,” Ransom said, according to WNYW-TV.
“There is no explanation I can give for Detective Simonsen’s grief [as] why didn’t I drop that stupid fake gun when I was asked to do so. Now I just have to live with the fact knowing that things would turn out differently if I did. “
Leanne Simonsen shares her grief in court, WABC-TV reported.
“We had a lot of plans, a lot of lives to do together,” the widow told Ransom. “You stole this from us. You took away my joy. You took my life that same night. “
Ransom also suggested a direct statement to Leanne.
“I’m sorry you didn’t have much time with your husband because of my actions,” he told her. “I’ve never met that man, but from what I’ve heard, the city has lost a true hero.”
The Legal Aid Association, which represents Ransom, commented on the plea agreement and his sentence.
“With this plea agreement, our client, Christopher Ransom, assumes full responsibility for his actions,” the organization said. “However, the resolution of the case should not alleviate the enormous physical and emotional pain he continues to endure as a result of his injury during the NYPD friendly gunfight.
“We hope the NYPD also takes this opportunity to re-examine their own processes and training so that a tragedy like this never happens again.”
https://www.westernjournal.com/man-learns-fate-fake-gun-stunt-ends-officers-death/ Man learns his fate after fake gun stunt ends in officer’s death