A New York police officer has been tragically killed by a fellow officer late last night. New York Police Department Officer Omar Edwards, 25, was shot twice by another officer who was chasing a man that he believed was trying to break into his car. He mistook Edwards for the suspect and shot him.
Edwards had just finished work and was in civilian clothes when he was shot. The news accounts leave out the most important fact: did Edwards draw his weapon? The other officer would not be justified in shooting the suspect unless to protect himself or others from an imminent threat. Car theft or burglary is a property offense.
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