NEW YORK (AP) — The family of a 21-year-old Hofstra University student accidentally killed by a police officer during a hostage crisis has filed a wrongful death claim against the Nassau County Police Department.
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.READ MORE: Gabby Petito Search: Video Shows Couple Questioned About Physical Altercation In Utah, Fiancé Told Police Road Trip Created 'Emotional Strain'
Nassau County Attorney John Ciampoli told Newsday his office would try to settle the case in a way that “attempts to end the pain and suffering, and start the healing.”READ MORE: Feast Of San Gennaro Returns In Little Italy As Vendors Take COVID Precautions
The family also claimed that after the shooting, Rebello’s sister, Jessica, was improperly detained for hours by police officers who “harassed, abused and humiliated” her.
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