Family of man killed by police in darkened stairwell sues

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Posted: May 21, 2015 12:52 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — The family of an unarmed man shot by a New York City police officer in a darkened stairwell in November has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday. It names the officer who shot Akai (uh-KY') Gurley, the officer's partner and the city's Housing Authority.

Police say Gurley was accidentally shot after opening a door in a dark stairway that Officer Peter Liang was patrolling.

Liang was indicted in February on manslaughter and other charges.

The city's Law Department calls the shooting a tragic accident and says it will review the claims once the lawsuit is served.