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NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a fatal police shooting in New York City (all times local):

12:25 a.m.

New York City police say a detective was killed by friendly fire while responding to a report of an armed robbery.

Police say Det. Brian Simonsen was shot at a T-Mobile store in the Richmond Hill section of Queens at about 6 p.m. Tuesday. The 42-year-old detective was a 19-year veteran.

Another officer was shot in the leg and is in stable condition.

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Both officers had opened fire when they saw a suspect advancing toward them and pointing what appeared to be a handgun at them. It happened as other officers were also arriving on the scene.

Police described the suspect as a career criminal. He was shot multiple times and is listed in stable condition.

A fake firearm was recovered.

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10:55 p.m.

New York City police say a detective was killed by friendly fire while responding to a report of an armed robbery.

Police say Det. Brian Simonsen was shot at a T-Mobile store in the Richmond Hill section of Queens at about 6 p.m. Tuesday. The 42-year-old detective was a 19-year veteran.

Another officer, a sergeant, was shot in the leg and is in stable condition.

Police say a suspect was shot multiple times and is listed in stable condition.

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Police say an imitation firearm was recovered.

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8:45 p.m.

An official says a New York City police officer has been shot and killed and another officer was wounded while responding to an armed robbery.

The government official, who was briefed on the matter, tells The Associated Press the slain officer was a detective. The official was not authorized to speak on the matter and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.

It happened just after 6 p.m. Tuesday at a cellphone store in the Richmond Hill section of Queens.

Mayor Bill de Blasio is at the hospital. The condition of the wounded officer wasn’t immediately known.

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7:30 p.m.

New York City police say two officers have been shot during an apparent armed robbery.

It happened around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at a store in the Richmond Hill section of Queens.

The officers’ condition weren’t immediately known. Mayor Bill de Blasio is at the hospital.

Police tweeted that people should expect a police presence and heavy traffic and that they should avoid the area.

In December, a police officer on Staten Island was hit by friendly fire as officers responding to a domestic dispute call shot and killed a man carrying a knife.

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