Cop won't face charges for killing Hofstra student and gunman du - FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

Cop won't face charges for killing Hofstra student and gunman during hostage standoff

Posted: Updated:
Andrea Rebello Andrea Rebello
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

A Nassau County police officer whose shots killed an armed hostage taker as well as the hostage won't face charges, the district attorney announced.

District Attorney Kathleen Rice on Wednesday issued a detailed report based on numerous interviews, ballistics analysis, the crime scene investigation, and more about the May 17, 2013, armed home invasion and shooting at a house near the Hofstra University campus. In the report, Rice concludes that Police Officer Nikolas Budlimic should not be prosecuted.

The officer responded to a 911 call about a break-in at the house where he found Dalton Smith, 30, holding Andrea Rebello, 21, a Hofstra student, in a headlock and threatening to kill her, the report said. When Smith pointed a gun at Budlimic, the cop fired eight shots, killing both Smith and Rebello. Smith was hit seven times and Rebello once, in the head.

The report concludes that the officer was justified in using deadly force against Smith because of the immediate deadly threat he posed.

"Tragically, one bullet struck Andrea Rebello, who ultimately died from her injuries. Nevertheless, it is clear that Officer Budimlic's intention was to shoot Smith and not Andrea Rebello," the report reads. "While her death is tragic, the law regarding justification is clear: a justification defense is applicable to any use of force, even if that use has unintended consequences."

The report places the blame for Rebello's death squarely on Smith and "his decision to invade a residence in the early hours of the morning; to rob at gunpoint the occupants of that house; to take hostage all of the residents; to repeatedly threaten to kill them (and various police officers, including Budimlic); to use Andrea Rebello as a human shield; and to ignore multiple orders from uniformed police officers to drop his gun and release his hostages."

The Nassau Police Department would not comment on the report because of a pending lawsuit, the AP reported.

The district attorney released a brief statement with the report.

"The incident last year was a tragedy for the Rebello family and a reminder of just how difficult and dangerous police work can be," Rice said in the statement. "My thoughts and prayers are with Andrea Rebello's family and friends as they continue to cope with this heartbreaking loss."

At the time of the shooting, Budlimic was an eight-year veteran with the Nassau County force. Before that, he served 12 years with the NYPD.

Rebello was from Westchester County. Her twin sister was inside the house during the incident.

Connect with Arun on Google+

  • Long Island NewsLong Island NewsMore>>

  • Long Island beaches reopen to bathing

    Long Island beaches reopen to bathing

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:08 AM EDT2014-09-02 14:08:19 GMT

    Health officials say six Long Island beaches that were closed for one day have reopened to bathing. The Nassau County beaches were closed Monday due to storm water runoff that could negatively impact bacterial levels. The beaches were: Laurel Hollow Beach, Morgan Beach, North Hempstead Beach Park, Sea Cliff Village Beach, Tappen Beach and Theodore Roosevelt Beach.

    Health officials say six Long Island beaches that were closed for one day have reopened to bathing. The Nassau County beaches were closed Monday due to storm water runoff that could negatively impact bacterial levels. The beaches were: Laurel Hollow Beach, Morgan Beach, North Hempstead Beach Park, Sea Cliff Village Beach, Tappen Beach and Theodore Roosevelt Beach.

  • Speed cameras in LI school zones

    Speed cameras in LI school zones

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 5:49 AM EDT2014-09-02 09:49:32 GMT
    Reminder for drivers that as children head back to school in Nassau County so too, will the speed cameras in school zones. Officials say speed cams will be fully operational at 25 locations this week. That will more than double eventually.
    Reminder for drivers that as children head back to school in Nassau County so too, will the speed cameras in school zones. Officials say speed cams will be fully operational at 25 locations this week. That will more than double eventually.
  • Hope's Land of Candy

    Hope's Land of Candy

    Monday, September 1 2014 8:13 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:13:34 GMT
    Step through the doors of Hope's Land of Candy in Island Park, Long Island and you''ll be taking a trip back in time. There's no WIFI but they do have a Victrola piano. And then there's the candy.. lots and lots of it.
    Step through the doors of Hope's Land of Candy in Island Park, Long Island and you''ll be taking a trip back in time. There's no WIFI but they do have a Victrola piano. And then there's the candy.. lots and lots of it.
Powered by WorldNow

WHBQ-TV | Fox 13
485 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111

Main Station: (901) 320-1313
Newsroom: (901) 320-1340

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices