Hofstra Student Andrea Rebello Killed By Police Gunfire
Hofstra student Andrea Rebello, 21, was killed by police gunfire during a standoff between authorities and a home invasion suspect, according to Nassau County, New York police spokesperson Maureen Roach.
The intruder was holding a gun to Rebello’s head in her Uniondale off-campus house on Friday when authorities fired eight shots in the direction of the suspect, reported CNN. One of those shots hit Rebello in the head and killed her, reported Roach.
The intruder, identified by authorities as Dalton Smith, 30, was also killed in the confrontation.
When the officer arrived at the scene of the home invasion, Smith had his gun held to Rebello’s head. After telling the officer he was going to kill her, he redirected his aim towards the officer. According to Roach, the officer began to fear for his life and fired. Authorities have yet to identify the officer.
Smith was wanted by authorities for jumping parole; a warrant for his arrest was issued on April 25. He had a criminal history that included robbery, assault and promoting prison contraband. Smith was currently on parole for first-degree robbery, which meant he was either armed with a deadly weapon or had caused bodily injury during or while fleeing the robbery.
Robello was a junior at Hofstra University, majoring in public relations. "Our hearts and minds and our thoughts and prayers are with her family, her friends and her classmates," the university said in a statement.