The rookie NYPD officer who shot and killed an unarmed Brooklyn man in an unlit housing project staircase has been indicted for manslaughter, reports the Daily News.
The officer will face criminal charges that can send him to prison for up to 15 years for the death of Akai Gurley on Nov. 20, 2014, a source said. He discharged one bullet when patrolling the stairways of the Pink Houses in East New York, striking Gurley in the chest as the man stood in the landing a floor below.
A source said the officer was indicted for a top count second-degree manslaughter, which means he acted recklessly, among other charges.
"It's a tragic, tragic, tragic case," said Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association. "I'm sad that he was indicted. I don't know exactly what transpired in that hallway, but I believe it's a truly accidental incident."