The lookout in the Queens robbery-gone-wrong that left a 19-year veteran cop dead was slapped with 13 charges, including felony murder, during his arraignment Sunday.
Cops say Jagger Freeman, 25, was acting as a lookout when his pal Christopher Ransom robbed a Queens T-Mobile store on Tuesday using an imitation pistol.
Ransom’s erratic behavior during the standoff triggered cops to fire 42 shots at Ransom — one of which struck Sgt. Matthew Gorman in the leg and another of which fatally struck Det. Brian Simonsen in the chest.
“The defendant is wholly responsible and wholly culpable for the injury sustained by detective Gorman and the untimely death of Detective Simonsen,” Queens Assistant District Attorney Michael Curtis said.
Freeman, who appeared disheveled, kept his head low as public defender Jonathan Latimer announced: “The defendant maintained his innocence.”
Prosecutors said Tuesday’s robbery was the second that Ransom and Freeman committed.
Freeman “aided and abetted his co-defendant to violently take what did not belong to them” during a Feb. 8 holdup as well, the prosecutor said.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, Detectives Endowment Association president President Michael Palladino repeated the theory that Ransom, who was shot but not killed, was trying to commit suicide by cop.
“It’s one thing to commit an armed robbery. But to then point a pellet gun at a lot of cops during the commission of that robbery is really bizarre behavior. It sounds to me like he just wanted to commit suicide-by-cop,” Palladino told the Cats Roundtable on AM 970.
“The sad irony though is that he survived and our detective died.”
Judge Guy Mitchell ordered Freeman held without bail.
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