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Police Union Defends N.Y. Officer In Rebello Shooting

May 22, 2013  | 

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The Nassau County (N.Y.) Police Department's patrol union defended the officer who accidentally killed a Hofstra University student during a home invasion robbery and said the suspect is responsible for her death.

James Carver, president of the Nassau County Patrolman's Benevolent Association, said the officers shouldn't be criticized for entering the home where Dalton Smith, 30, had taken Andrea Rebello, 21, hostage. The officer fired eight rounds, killing Smith and Rebello.

"There is some second guessing by people who think we should have stayed outside the house, but our job is to get inside and make sure we can protect as many people as we can," Carver told the Associated Press.

Carver offered condolences to the Rebello family on behalf of the officer, who has not been named. The officer was placed on medical leave and was reportedly "torn up" about the shooting.

Rebello was mourned at a memorial service today.

Tags: Accidental Shootings, Nassau County (N.Y.) PD, Police Unions


Comments (11)

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Rick @ 5/23/2013 4:05 PM

While I feel for the officer, this is a prime example of slowing down the action and calling SWAT. If at all possible, he should have been behind cover, gave commands and attempted to slow down the action.

Chuck @ 5/23/2013 4:11 PM

I support you 100% brother

Trigger @ 5/23/2013 4:25 PM

That all sounds good being we are in the outside looking in now. It is hard for me to believe that many officers would standby for swat if in fact you have that resource readily available. Sometimes we have to react

Tom Ret @ 5/23/2013 6:05 PM

I was in a similar situation in the early 80s. It turned out differently only by the grace of God and fact that the suspect ran out of bullets after shooting a friend of mine (he survived and is now retired). Even though it was some 30 years ago, I still remember it vividly. No swat was available then as may have been the case here. These situations often times take seconds, not minutes, to evolve and are unpredictable. The suspect could have killed both the officer and the victim in this case if he, the officer, did not respond as he did. No officer wants to kill an innocent victim but we can't pick and choose what we encounter. This officer can only do the best he can under the circumstances. Sometimes suspects don't allow a regrouping and strategy session as they force the issue by the actions they take. So we need to cut this officer some slack. Sometimes the ideal of negotiators and swat and snipers just won't happen for one reason or another.

Bob@Az. @ 5/23/2013 9:54 PM

My heart goes out to the Officer and I hope he can get passed this tragedy and go on with his life. My condolences to the Rebello family for their lose. Blues, Stay Safe.

JimB @ 5/24/2013 6:59 AM

Rick, you assume a lot in your statement. There is no guarantee that he had the option to slow the action down. We don't know if SWAT was available or how long they would have taken to get there. There may have been cover there and he may have been using it, if that's been reported, I haven't seen it. He probably was giving commands but we don't know if those commands were being followed (obviously they weren't). Are there things the officer could have done differently in this situation? Almost definitely. Would the outcome have been different? Maybe. Would the outcome have been better? Maybe/Maybe not. The officer acted how and when he did based on his best judgement. It's unfortunate that the victim died as a result. In fact it is tragic. But the ultimate question is, was the officer justified in his actions? It seems to me that he was.

This is a messy business and it doesn't always work out perfectly. I know we cops understand this. It would be nice if more of the general public did as well. Click on the Associated Press link in the story which takes you to the Huffington Post and read some of the comments that have been posted. Some of the responses would be funny if the situation wasn't so sad.

Plato's Playdough @ 5/25/2013 3:37 AM

http://www.hofstra.edu/StudentAffairs/DeanOfStudents/commstandards/commstandards_conductcodes.html Recently released violent offender violates parole, gets a gun, and chooses a gun free zone to rob students. Here he is_ http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2013/05/robert-farago/new-details-on-hofstra-university-student-friendly-fire-fatality/ - "He had been wanted since April for absconding from parole. His criminal record includes armed robbery and automobile theft convictions.” BTW, PD use GLock 19, DAO, NY2 12 pound trigger, 124gr 9mm.

plato's playdough @ 5/25/2013 3:56 AM

http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2012/08/foghorn/nypds-choice-of-firearm-may-have-contributed-to-the-terrible-shooting/ - "NYPD cops are given a choice. They can have a SIG P226, a Glock 19, or a Smith & Wesson 5946. But no matter what they choose, the triggers are modified to have a 12 pound pull for every shot fired.
So even with the P226, which was designed to be double action for the first round and single action for every round thereafter, the NYPD requires it to operate in “double action ONLY” mode. Not only that, they raise the trigger pull weight from the designed pull of 10 pounds to 12 pounds. Its the same story for the Glock. What used to be a factory-issue 5.5 pounds of pressure required to trip the trigger becomes a 12 pound monstrosity."

K9Wifey @ 5/25/2013 7:56 AM

My support goes out o the officer, and my condolences to the victims family. What I don't understand is how the victim is responsible for her death?

Ed @ 5/27/2013 7:10 AM

This was not an NYPD shooting this was the Nassau County Police.

JimB @ 5/30/2013 1:04 PM

K9Wifey, who is saying the victim is responsible?

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