Thief who caused NYPD officer's death given 2-3 years for "mischief"
NEW YORK — A man has pleaded guilty to breaking into the car of an off-duty New York City police officer who was then killed in a friendly fire shooting.
Miguel Goitia pleaded guilty Wednesday to criminal mischief. He will serve 1 1/2 to 3 years in prison.
Officer Omar Edwards was killed May 28 by Officer Andrew Dunton, who spotted the 25-year-old officer chasing the thief with his gun drawn.
Dunton apparently mistook the off-duty officer for an armed suspect and shot him.
The shooting raised questions about racial profiling. Edwards was black and Dunton is white.
Last month, a grand jury voted not to indict Dunton in the shooting.