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NYPD Officer Peter Liang guilty of second-degree manslaughter in Akai Gurley killing

A jury has found Liang guilty of second-degree manslaughter and official misconduct in the shooting death of an unarmed man in a Brooklyn housing project.
New York City police officer Peter Liang sits in court as testimony is read back for jurors during deliberations in his trial in Brooklyn Supreme Court, Feb. 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Byron Smith/Pool/Getty)
New York City police officer Peter Liang sits in court as testimony is read back for jurors during deliberations in his trial in Brooklyn Supreme Court, Feb. 10, 2016 in New York City.

A jury has found Peter Liang guilty of second-degree manslaughter and official misconduct in the shooting death of an unarmed man in a Brooklyn housing project.

The panel of seven men and five women took two days to convict the rookie New York City Police Department (NYPD) officer who fired a single shot that bounced off the wall of a dark stairwell and struck 28-year-old Akai Gurley, who had entered from the seventh floor with his friend Melissa Butler. Liang and his partner, Shaun Landau, who was given immunity, were conducting a vertical patrol of a stairwell on Nov. 20, 2014, in the Louis H. Pink Houses when Liang fired his gun.

NYPD Police Commissioner William Bratton said at the time of the shooting that the fatal shot "appears to be an accidental discharge" of Liang's gun.

Liang, 28, was charged with second-degree manslaughter, second-degree assault, second-degree reckless endangerment, criminally negligent homicide and one count of official misconduct, stemming from not administering CPR to Gurley.