Dramatic 911 tape played at NYC officer's manslaughter trial

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Posted: Jan 25, 2016 4:43 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest from the manslaughter trial of New York police officer Peter Liang, who fatally shot Akai Gurley in a pitch black stairwell in 2014 (all times local):

4:30 p.m.

Jurors at the trial of a New York City police officer accused of killing an unarmed man in a darkened stairwell in 2014 have heard a dramatic 911 tape where the victim's friend can be heard in the background trying to administer CPR.

The witness testified on Monday that she dialed 911 after hearing a gunshot and seeing Akai Gurley bleeding to death. She frantically relayed CPR instructions to the friend who at one point says, "He's not breathing."

The witness testified that Officer Peter Liang (lee-ANG') and his partner came upon scene, but did nothing to help.

Liang has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and other charges. His lawyers call the shooting an accident, not a crime.

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11:30 a.m.

A prosecutor has told a jury that a New York City police officer killed an innocent man by recklessly pulling his gun and firing into a darkened stairwell in 2014.

Prosecutor Marc Fliedner (FLEED'-nuhr) made the accusation Monday in opening statements at the manslaughter trial of Peter Liang (lee-ANG').

Fliedner also said that Liang and his partner failed to assist Akai Gurley as he was dying.

Investigators say Liang was holding his flashlight and his gun when he fired a single round in a pitch black stairwell. The bullet bounced off a wall before striking Gurley, who was on the floor below him.

His lawyers have said the shooting was an accident, not a crime. Prosecutors agree that Liang didn't mean to shoot and kill Gurley.

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3 a.m.

A rookie New York Police Department officer who shot an unarmed man inside a housing project is going on trial.

Opening statements are set for Monday morning in the manslaughter case against Officer Peter Liang (lee-ANG'). The officer shot and killed 28-year-old Akai Gurley in 2014.

His lawyers have said the shooting was an accident, not a crime. They've also indicated Liang will take the witness stand.

Investigators say Liang was holding his flashlight and his gun when he fired a single round in a pitch black stairwell. The bullet bounced off a wall before striking Gurley, who was on the floor below him.

Prosecutors also say that the officer and his partner argued over whether to report the shooting to supervisors.