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 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.
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.
Worshippers exchanged hugs Wednesday as they arrived for Andrea Rebello’s funeral at St. Teresa of Avila Church in Sleepy Hollow.
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.