Grand jury to hear stairwell shooting death case

A man who identified himself as a detective with the district attorney's office inspects the area in a stairwell where a man was allegedly shot by a police officer the night before at the Louis Pink Houses public housing complex, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, in Brooklyn borough of New York. A rookie police officer with his gun drawn shot to death 28-year-old Akai Gurley, an unarmed, innocent man in the darkened stairwell of the crime-ridden public housing complex, New York City police officials said Friday. The shooting appeared to be an accident, Police Commissioner William Bratton said at a news conference. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City district attorney says the shooting death of an unarmed man by a rookie police officer in a public housing stairwell will be presented to a grand jury.

The announcement Friday by Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson comes just hours before the memorial service for Akai (uh-KY') Gurley.

Police say Gurley and his girlfriend had opened a door into a stairway last month, and a rookie officer patrolling the pitch-dark stairwell fired his gun.

Thompson says he will conduct a "full and fair investigation" into Gurley's death.

Police Commissioner William Bratton called the shooting an accident. The medical examiner has ruled the death a homicide.

The Rev. Al Sharpton initially planned to speak at Gurley's service but now says he won't.

Gurley's funeral will be held Saturday.

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