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NYPD officer shoots at Hamilton Hall in Columbia; public prosecutor is investigating

NYPD officer shoots at Hamilton Hall in Columbia;  public prosecutor is investigating
NYPD officer shoots at Hamilton Hall in Columbia;  public prosecutor is investigating

NEW YORK — An officer fired a gun during the NYPD raid on Columbia University’s Hamilton Hall on Tuesday, police sources said.

A spokesperson for the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office confirmed Thursday that the office’s Police Accountability Unit has launched an investigation into the shooting.

According to police sources, officers from the NYPD’s Emergency Service Unit had just entered Hamilton Hall and were on the first floor of the building when an officer switched his firearm from one hand to the other.

At one point during the exchange, shots were fired.

According to the sources, the protesters were in another part of the building when the shot rang out.

On Wednesday morning, Tarik Sheppard, the NYPD’s deputy commissioner for public information, called the raid a “calm, precise operation.”

When the NYPD cleared pro-Palestinian protesters who had taken over Hamilton Hall and the quad at City College, they arrested a total of 282 people, a police spokesman said.

Of those, 192 were released with a summons and 16 were given tickets for a desk appearance.

Another 74 people were arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court, a spokesman for the Manhattan district attorney’s office said.

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