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A man whose robbery of a shop led to a “horrific chain of events” that culminated in the death of a police officer in the firing of other officers, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to murder and robbery.


Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said 30-year-old Christopher Ransom was expected to serve 33 years in prison next month for the February 2019 robbery where New York Police Department detective Brian Simonsen died of a stab wound to the chest Was.

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“The defendant set in motion a horrific chain of events that began with a robbery and ended in a spray of bullets,” Katz said in a statement.

A lawyer representing Ransom did not comment.

Officials said Ransom, who has an extensive criminal record, and a second man went to the store in Queens and demanded cash and commercial goods, pointing out the ransom for what the real gun was.

Officials said that when police responded at the scene, it pointed at them, causing the officers to fire with their weapons.

Simonson, 42, a 19-year veteran of the NYPD, died, and another officer suffered a leg injury.

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