Ex-cop gets probation in stairwell shooting case

A former New York City police officer convicted in the accidental shooting death of an unarmed man in a darkened stairwell will not go to prison.

Peter Liang was convicted in February of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Akai Gurley at a public housing project. Gurley was walking down to the lobby and Liang was patrolling the inside of the building in 2014. Liang opened a door to the stairwell and fired his weapon once accidentally. The bullet ricocheted and struck Gurley.

On Tuesday, Judge Danny Chun reduced the manslaughter conviction to criminally negligent homicide before sentencing Liang to five years of probation and 800 hours of community service.

Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson had recommended Liang serve no prison, based on his record and the circumstances of the trial.

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