Hofstra student was killed by police, authorities say
MINEOLA, N.Y. – A Hofstra University student being held in a headlock at gunpoint by an intruder was accidently shot and killed by a police officer who had responded to the home invasion at an off-campus home, police said Saturday.The cop did hit the bad guy 7 times out of 8, which - given the performance of other New York cops, puts him in the top 1% for marksmanship. It's that 1 other shot that missed the bad guy that did it. Now, this is about as bad as it gets for any kind of confrontation shooting - the perp had a lengthy criminal history, an actual illegal gun (serial numbers filed off), and had the victim in a headlock while heading for the exit. This is a split-second decision made by the officer, and had that one shot not hit the victim, he'd be hailed as a hero with his excellent marksmanship held up as an example for all to emulate.
Junior public relations major Andrea Rebello was shot once in the head early Friday morning by an officer who opened fire after the masked intruder pointed a gun at the officer while holding the 21-year-old student, Nassau County homicide squad Lt. John Azzata said.
But he didn't. He missed with that shot, and the person he was trying to save was killed as a result of that miss. Now, I wasn't there. It is absolutely possible that the bad guy was going to shoot the cop, keep going, and kill the victim later anyways. It is entirely possible that we'd have two dead innocents rather than one dead innocent and one dead goblin.
Unfortunately, in life the no-shoots don't just cost you points.
That is all.
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