The family of a Hofstra University student shot and killed by a police officer during a standoff officially filed a lawsuit against Nassau County and its police department Friday.
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice issued a 28-page report on the May 17, 2013 shooting Wednesday, following a review of whether police personnel acted appropriately during the deadly confrontation.
Nassau County police have launched an investigation, after a series of threatening tweets targeting Officer Nikolas Budimlic – the officer who accidentally shot and killed a Hosftra University student last May.
Investigators say Andrea Rebello died in May after an intruder put her in a headlock, then pointed a gun at an officer who had rushed into the home. The officer fired eight times, killing both Rebello and would-be robber Dalton Smith.
One of the county’s own operators says employees are not getting the training they need to save lives, and that may have contributed to the death of a Hofstra University student during a hostage standoff.
According to court papers filed by the family’s lawyer, the pending suit alleges “wrongful death, civil rights and negligence actions against the County of Nassau and its police officers and possibly other defendants to be named after discovery,” reported Newsday.
As many as 2,000 people have already signed the petition to increase security. This comes in the wake of a home invasion that ended with 21-year-old student Andrea Rebello being shot dead by a police officer.
Worshippers exchanged hugs Wednesday as they arrived for Andrea Rebello’s funeral at St. Teresa of Avila Church in Sleepy Hollow.
Family and friends of 21-year-old Hofstra student Andrea Rebello said a final farewell at a wake Tuesday evening.
While critics have questioned the actions of the Nassau County police officer who accidentally killed a 21-year-old Hofstra University student, police union officials have called him “a great cop who did the right thing.”
John Jay College of Criminal Justice professor Michele Galietta said the officer was confronted with a split-second choice when a masked man holding 21-year-old Hofstra University student Andrea Rebello in a headlock pointed a loaded handgun at him.
Graduation day was bittersweet for students at Hofstra University Sunday, as students carried heavy hearts for a classmate who was shot and killed in a violent home invasion.
A funeral mass is planned for next week for a Hofstra University student who was shot and killed during a break-in at her apartment on the school’s campus in Uniondale.
Nassau County Deputy Inspector Kenneth Lack said a man with a ski mask forced his way into the house at 213 California Ave. in Uniondale at 2:30 a.m. Three females and one male were in the house.