NY Magazine

February 10, 2015
6:43 p.m.


NYPD rookie cop indicted in shooting death of unarmed black man

By Trymaine Lee

A grand jury has indicted a rookie New York City police officer in the shooting death of Akai Gurley, an unarmed African-American man shot dead in a darkened stairwell of a Brooklyn public housing complex last November, an attorney for Gurley’s family confirmed to NBC New York.

Sources told NBC New York that NYPD Officer Peter Liang was indicted Tuesday afternoon on unknown charges and that he will surrender Wednesday.

Police say that Liang accidentally shot Gurley, 28, during a patrol inside the Louis H. Pink Houses in East New York, Brooklyn. Liang and another officer, Shaun Landa, were climbing the darkened stairwell when Gurley, who was visiting his girlfriend’s apartment, entered the stairwell from a floor below the officers. Liang, with his gun drawn, fired a single shot that struck Gurley in the chest.

A grand jury has indicted a rookie New York City police officer in the shooting death of Akai Gurley, an unarmed African-American man shot dead in a darkened stairwell of a Brooklyn public housing complex last November, an attorney for Gurley’s family confirmed to NBC New York.

Sources told NBC New York that NYPD Officer Peter Liang was indicted Tuesday afternoon on unknown charges and that he will surrender Wednesday.

Police say that Liang accidentally shot Gurley, 28, during a patrol inside the Louis H. Pink Houses in East New York, Brooklyn. Liang and another officer, Shaun Landa, were climbing the darkened stairwell when Gurley, who was visiting his girlfriend’s apartment, entered the stairwell from a floor below the officers. Liang, with his gun drawn, fired a single shot that struck Gurley in the chest.