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No crime charge in friendly fire

August 14, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A white police officer who killed an off-duty black colleague in a friendly-fire incident will not face criminal charges, prosecutors said.

A grand jury voted not to indict Andrew Dunton in the May shooting of Omar Edwards on a dark street, Manhattan Dist. Atty. Robert Morgenthau said.

Edwards had drawn his gun and was chasing a man who had broken into his car. Dunton apparently mistook Edwards for an armed suspect.

Some civil rights advocates have charged that race was a factor in the shooting.

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