Hofstra Student Accidently Killed By Cop During Robbery Attempt
May 20, 2013
Nassau officer opens fire on robbery suspect using female student as shield
(Long Island, NY) A police officer responding to a robbery Friday morning at a Hofstra University off-campus rental home accidentally shot and killed a student after being menaced with a gun wielded by a masked criminal, according to the Nassau County Police Department.
Andrea Rebello, 21, a Hofstra Public Relations major, and her captor, Dalton Smith, 30, a parolee, were both shot and killed by a currently un-named 12-year NCPD veteran responding to a 911 call placed from Rebello’s California Avenue rental home that she shared with several other students, cops said.
Smith reportedly forced his way into the rental home at gunpoint after the front door was left open at approximately 2 a.m. Friday morning, holding Rebello and two other students, a male and a female, hostage. He demanded money and valuables. At about 2:25 a.m., Smith allowed one of the female hostages to go withdraw money from an ATM machine, at which time she phoned 911, according to police.
Responding police encountered Jessica, Rebello’s twin sister, at the front door, whom Smith had sent to tell officers nothing was wrong. Instead, she ran screaming from the home, informing officers that an armed suspect was inside.
Police entered the dwelling, where they encountered Smith brandishing a pistol and holding Rebello in a headlock to his chest, using her as a shield, according to Detective Lieutenant John Azzata, of the Nassau County Homicide Squad.
“The suspect pointed the gun at the officer and said, ‘I’m gonna kill her,’.
The officer proceeded to open fire with his pistol eight times, killing both Smith and Rebello, who was struck in the head. Smith never fired his weapon, which had the serial numbers filed off and was confirmed as being loaded, according to reports.
No one else was hurt during the robbery, cops said.
Smith, a Hempstead resident, was described by police as a career criminal with a history of crime that dates back almost 14 years, including three robbery arrests, as well arrests for promoting prison contraband and assault. Smith was out on parole at the time of the shooting, and a warrant for his arrest had been issued in April for neglecting the conditions of that parole, police said.
The shooting is currently being investigated by Nassau Police. The officer involved in the incident is currently on sick leave, according to authorities.
Rebello’s funeral is scheduled for Wednesday in Sleepy Hollow.
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