A rookie cop who shot and killed an unarmed Brooklyn man in an unlit housing project staircase has been indicted for manslaughter Tuesday, the Daily News has learned.
Peter Liang will face criminal charges that can send him to prison for up to 15 years for the death of Akai Gurley on Nov. 20, 2014, a source said.
A grand jury started hearing the case on Feb 4. A spokeswoman for the Brooklyn district attorney declined to comment.
A source said Liang was indicted for a top count second-degree manslaughter, which means he acted recklessly, among other charges.
Liang discharged one bullet when patrolling the stairways of the Pink Houses in East New York, striking Gurley in the chest as the man stood in the landing a floor below.
The News reported that Liang and his partner did not answer the radio in the six-plus minutes right after the shooting and instead texted their union reps.
The DA had obtained an indictment in recent months against three cops in two different incidents involving alleged assaults during arrests.
NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton had previously called Gurley’s shooting “an unfortunate accident.”
Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, echoed the sentiment when told about the indictment.
“It’s a tragic, tragic, tragic case,” he said. “I’m sad that he was indicted. I don’t know exactly what transpired in that hallway, but I believe it’s a truly accidental incident.”
Liang is expected to turn himself in Wednesday morning ahead of his arraignment in Brooklyn Supreme Court.