Nikolas Budimlic has been identified as the Nassau County police officer who shot 21-year-old Hoftstra junior Andrea Rebello during a home invasion by convicted felon Dalton Smith. He is reportedly ‘inconsolable’ over her death. Here’s my question, where were the hostage negotiators or the SWAT team? Usually when there are hostages, these special forces are called in.
The New York Post reports Nikolas Budimlic, 42, is a 12-year veteran of the force, and is ‘torn up’ after shooting her while Dalton Smith held a gun to her head early Friday morning.
Budimlic is now on sick leave. According to media reports, Nikolas Budimlic reported to the Uniondale home and confronted Smith, firing eight shots at him. One of those shots hit Andrea Rebello in the head, killing her. Nikolas Budimlic has to live with what he did. It seems that eight shots were excessive, considering he was firing at the suspect reportedly still holding Andrea Rebello hostage.
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