NYC cop indicted for fatal stairwell shooting of unarmed man: WSJ

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Posted: Feb 10, 2015 3:49 PM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York City rookie police officer was indicted by a grand jury on Tuesday for the shooting of an unarmed man while patrolling the darkened stairwell of a housing project last November, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Peter Liang, the officer, was patrolling with his partner in the Brooklyn housing project at around 11:15 p.m. on Nov. 20 when his gun discharged a single bullet, killing Akai Gurley, 28, who was in the stairwell a flight below with his girlfriend.

The criminal charge or charges Liang will face were not immediately clear, the Journal said. The Brooklyn district attorney declined to comment.

(Reporting by Jonathan Allen; Editing by Sandra Maler)