Police Accidentally Shoot Hofstra Student in Deadly Hostage Situation

Andrea Rebello was fatally shot by authorities in confrontation with alleged home , put in headlock
2:08 | 05/19/13

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Traffic home invasion in which a college student was killed her twin sister racing to escape. With the suspect inside police arrive and that's when he put the other sister in a headlock taking aim at the officers stationed back. And that young woman was killed she was remembered today at Hofstra graduation and here tonight ABC's Lindsay Janice. What should have been a happy day for so many turned bittersweet. Thoughts and our prayers. Our -- and his family. And pushed her friends and classmates graduates at -- university wearing white ribbons and pausing for a moment's silence to honor fellow student Andrea Rabelo. Just two days ago to 21 year old was killed by police gunfire. During an armed robbery -- her off campus home. After a night out celebrating the end of finals -- and her twin sister Jessica returned home with their roommates and a friend that's when police say thirty year old Dalton Smith came in through an unlocked door and robbed them Smith took valuables but he wanted more. So we sent the twins a roommate to an ATM she Bolton and called 911. He told her if she did not return within eight minutes. He would kill. One of the individuals in the house. Moments later officers arrived to find Smith holding Rabelo in a headlock pointing a gun at her head and saying I'll kill her I'll kill her. Until they're -- -- audited you don't. Sock -- yeah. It's yeah -- When Smith pointed his gun at the police officer the officer fired eight shots seven striking and killing the suspect and one bullet taking rebel in his life to. Tonight's Andrew his family are mourning the loss of their daughter who was an inspiration to many. Andrea had a bit of advice that you took from a warm up Marley song who was lived the life you love and love the life you live. -- the officer who fired the shots is described as highly decorated police are investigating the shooting. Data recently to several law enforcement officials today who say the officer likely had no choice but to shoot back once the suspect had turned the gun on him.

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