Police officials in the US state of New York say a 21-year-old female student who lost her life during a home invasion robbery had been killed by police gunfire.
According to a statement released by a Nassau County police official John Azzata late Saturday, the student identified as Andrea Rebello was accidentally shot in the head by police officers after an armed man who broke into her home used her as a shield.
Police fired eight shots at the intruder, who authorities say was holding a gun to the head of Andrea Rebello, 21, during a home invasion robbery Friday at an off-campus house in Uniondale.
One of the shots hit Rebello in the head, killing her, police spokeswoman Maureen Roach said.
Also killed was the intruder, whom authorities identified as Dalton Smith, 30, of Hempstead. He was struck seven times.