The NYPD officer who shot and killed one of his own in May in a case of mistaken identity will not be indicted, CBS 2 has learned.
Andrew Dunton, 30, a white officer, was facing potential charges after he gunned down fellow cop Omar Edwards, who is black, on May 28, just blocks from the Harlem precinct where Edwards worked.
Edwards was shot and killed while in plainclothes, his gun drawn after he chased a man suspected of breaking in his car. Dunton and other cops saw the chase and intervened. Witnesses said they heard gun fire, then moments later, they heard the officers saying, “We just shot a cop.”
Edwards, a 25-year-old housing bureau officer – a two-year department veteran – had just wrapped up his shift shortly after 10:30 p.m. at the E. 124th Street station when he walked around the corner toward his personal car parked on Second Avenue.