No charges in NYC friendly fire police shooting

(AP) - A New York City policeman who fatally shotanother officer in a friendly fire incident will not face criminalcharges.

Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau said Thursday thata grand jury voted not to indict Officer Andrew Dunton in the May28 shooting of Officer Omar Edwards.

Edwards had just ended a tour in Harlem when he chased a man whohad broken into his car down a dark street.

Plainclothes officers patrolling nearby noticed the two men andordered them to halt. When Edwards turned toward them with his gunout, Dunton shot him.

Dunton has been on administrative duty since the shooting.

He may still face an internal Police Department disciplinaryreview.

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