March 27, 1996 in Nation/World

Officer Guilty Of Shooting Transit Cop

Compiled From Wire Services

A jury Tuesday convicted New York City Police Officer Peter Del-Debbio of second-degree assault, finding he “recklessly” fired his gun into the back of undercover Transit Police Officer Desmond Robinson during a 1994 subway platform shooting.

The jury found Del-Debbio not guilty of the more serious charge of first-degree assault, concluding that he had not acted with depravity in the shooting, which occurred in Manhattan while he was off-duty.

He faces anywhere from probation to seven years’ imprisonment when he is sentenced May 22. He remains free without bail.

New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said he believes the incident was an accident of “friendly fire” between two well-intentioned officers.

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