Man found guilty in 2019 robbery that led to officer’s death

June 14, 2022 GMT

NEW YORK (AP) — A jury on Monday convicted a man of murder in connection to a 2019 store robbery that led to the death of a New York City police officer hit by crossfire from other officers’ guns.

Jagger Freeman, 28, faces 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced on June 30, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said.

Prosecutors said he and Christopher Ransom, 30, set off a chain of events that led to New York Police Department Detective Brian Simonsen being killed in February 2019 after officers responded to a Queens store that was being robbed by the two men.

Authorities said officers fired after they thought a real gun was being pointed at them by Ransom, with Simonsen ending up fatally shot and another officer wounded.

Freeman’s lawyer declined to comment.

Ransom pleaded guilty in October to aggravated manslaughter and robbery and was sentenced to 33 years in prison.