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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