Akai Gurley 
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Akai Gurley 
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Rookie New York City cop Peter Liang will face criminal charges for his part in the November shooting death of 28-year-old Akai Gurley, NY1 reports.

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Last year Gurley was shot in the stairwell of a Brooklyn, N.Y., apartment building. At that time, the New York City Police Department called the shooting an “accident.” Liang had only been on the force for a little over a year.

NY1 notes that investigators have said that Liang was holding his weapon in the same hand he was using to open a door, causing the firearm to discharge and, ultimately, kill Gurley.

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According to the New York Daily News, the charges that Liang faces are not yet clear. However, he is expected to turn himself in Wednesday.

Read more at NY1 and the New York Daily News.

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