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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Criminal Justice Quote: Officer Cleared in Killing of Hostage Taker and Hostage

     The officer who can't shoot straight who killed an innocent Hofstra University student while a wanted felon was holding her at gunpoint has been cleared of wrongdoing. On April 2, 2014, the Nassau County, New York District Attorney's Office announced that Nassau County officer Nikolas Budimlic "acted accordingly" when he shot Andrea Rebello in the head….Budimlic "reasonably perceived threats of deadly force against himself and others and acted accordingly," declares the district attorney's official report.

     The incident occurred in May 2013 when Delton Smith, wearing a black ski mask and carrying a gun, went into a house near the Hofstra campus shared by Rebello, 21, her twin sister and others. It was about 2:30 in the morning. Smith, 30, was wanted for armed robbery….He forced students, including Rebello, upstairs and directed them to cough up valuables. One of the roommates offered to go to the ATM to get $700….Smith allowed the roommate to leave for the cash. When she did, she promptly called 911.

     Police arrived and commenced a deadly hostage standoff. Smith had Rebello in a headlock….Not content to let a robbery situation end without anybody dying, Budimlic fired a flurry of shots. He shot Smith seven times, killing him. Budimlic also shot Rebello in the head. She later died at Nassau University Medical Center.

Eric Owens, "Cop Who Shot Hofstra Student in the Head Walks Free," The Daily Caller, April 2, 2014 

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