Akai Gurley Family Files Wrongful Death Claim

NEW YORK (AP) — The family of an unarmed man shot by a New York City police officer in a darkened stairwell in November has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday. It names the officer who shot Akai Gurley, the officer’s partner and the city’s Housing Authority.

Police say Gurley was accidentally shot after opening a door in a dark stairway that Officer Peter Liang was patrolling.

Liang was indicted in February on manslaughter and other charges.

The city’s Law Department calls the shooting a tragic accident and says it will review the claims once the lawsuit is served.