The police officer who mistakenly shot and killed a Hofstra University student as she was held at gunpoint by a Long Island intruder last year has been cleared of wrongdoing.
Nassau County officer Nikolas Budimlic “acted accordingly” when he opened fire, killing not only the armed suspect but 21-year-old Andrea Rebello in May 2013, the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.
Budimlic “reasonably perceived threats of deadly force against himself and others and acted accordingly,” the report states in part.
The suspect, Delton Smith, 30, who was a wanted felon after breaking parole for an armed robbery, was shot seven times by the responding officer.
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