The small, private school of Hofstra University is experiencing a loss after the death of a junior this past weekend. Andrea Rebello was accidently shot by a police officer after he was trying to free her from a hostage situation.
The story being reported is that a man broke into the home Andrea shared with her twin sister and two roommates. After a night of drinking, ex-con Dalton Smith allegedly entered the home demanding money from Andrea and one of her roommates. When they didn't have enough, Dalton held up his gun and demanded Andrea's roommate Shannon Thomas to go to an ATM. Instead of withdrawing money, Shannon called police who came to the home. Dalton used Andrea as a human sheild, but cops thought they had a clean shot. The police officer fired eight times: 7 shots struck and killed Dalton but one bullet hit and killed Andrea.
The police officer responsible for the shooting is currently on leave and the police have not released a statement regarding Andrea's death.
For those enrolled in the online criminal justice certificate program, do you think the police acted in the proper way?