New York City Police Department Commissioner William Bratton says an officer-involved shooting that killed a man inside a public housing building in Brooklyn Thursday night appears to be accidental.
It happened around 11 p.m. at the Louis Heaton Pink Houses in East New York.
Bratton says two officers were patrolling a building when they reached what he described as a dimly lit stairwell and encountered a 28-year-old man identified as Akai Gureley of Brooklyn.
Bratton says officer Peter Leang then reached for his gun and opened fire accidentally, hitting Ghirley in the chest.
He was pronounced dead at Brookdale Hospital.
Officer Leang has been placed on modified duty and stripped of his gun and badge.