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Numerous Documents Released In NY Police Shooting

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Police documents indicate that a New York officer feared he'd shot a colleague during a chaotic 2010 incident that resulted in the death of a student from Massachusetts.

A number of documents were released Monday by the attorney for the family of Danroy Henry Jr. Attorney Michael Sussman says he won the right to release evidence at a court hearing last week.

The 20-year-old from Easton, Mass., was killed as he pulled away from a bar disturbance in Thornwood, N.Y.

According to one document, Mount Pleasant Officer Ronald Beckley told a lieutenant a few hours after the shooting that he feared he had shot Pleasantville Officer Aaron Hess.

Beckley says he heard gunshots, saw the car speeding toward him, fired his own gun. Then he saw that Hess was the person on the hood.

Court documents say the fastest speed the car was driving when Henry was fatally shot was 24.1 mph.

Henry's speed has been an issue in the investigation of the 2010 shooting. A grand jury cleared the officer of wrongdoing but Henry's family is pursuing a lawsuit and releasing dozens of documents.


This article was originally published on March 12, 2012.

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