Slain Hofstra student's family sues county, police

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — The family of a Hofstra University student shot dead by a police officer while she was being held hostage last year has filed a wrongful death suit.

Newsday (http://nwsdy.li/1oyp7b1) reports the family of Hofstra junior Andrea Rebello contends the officer "recklessly and unnecessarily endangered" her life while she was being held by an armed man inside her off-campus house.

The newspaper reported Friday the Tarrytown family is seeing unspecified damages from Nassau County and the Nassau County Police Department. Both declined comment.

The county prosecutor ruled last month that officer Nikolas Budimlic had no option but deadly force. District Attorney Kathleen Rice concluded the 21-year-old Rebello's death was caused by a gunman breaking into her Hempstead residence with a gun, taking several residents hostage and refusing to surrender to police.

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Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com

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