Family of Hofstra student killed by police files claim

August 10, 2013 10:28:13 AM PDT
The family of a 21-year-old Hofstra University student accidentally killed by a police officer during a hostage crisis has filed a wrongful death claim against the Nassau County Police Department.

Investigators say Andrea Rebello, of Uniondale, died in May after an intruder put her in a headlock, then pointed a gun at an officer who had rushed into the home.

The officer fired eight times, killing both Rebello and would-be robber Dalton Smith.

Nassau County Attorney John Ciampoli told Newsday ( ) his office would try to settle the case in a way that "attempts to end the pain and suffering, and start the healing."

The family also claimed that after the shooting, Rebello's sister, Jessica, was improperly detained for hours by police officers who "harassed, abused and humiliated" her.