Nassau County fights student's autopsy report release

August 14, 2013 4:51:41 PM PDT
A Nassau County official intends to challenge a judge's ruling ordering the release of autopsy results from a police involved shooting.

The family of a New York college student killed in a confrontation says it needs the report to prepare a wrongful death lawsuit.

State Supreme Court Justice Norman Janowitz ruled Tuesday that Nassau has 30 days to turn over the report to the family of Andrea Rebello.

The 21-year-old Hofstra University student was fatally shot by a police officer in May. An intruder, identified as Dalton Smith, had taken her and several others hostage in their off-campus home in Uniondale.

Police say Smith had Rebello in a headlock when the officer opened fire.

Nassau County Attorney John Ciampoli says federal health privacy laws preclude the release.