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Police defend officer who shot N.Y. college student

MINEOLA, N.Y. — The president of a New York police union defended an officer who accidentally killed a Hofstra University student during a standoff with an armed intruder, saying Tuesday that the only person responsible for the woman’s death was the gunman who held her hostage.

‘‘There is some second-guessing by people who think we should have stayed outside the house, but our job is to get inside and make sure we can protect as many people as we can,’’ said James Carver, president of the Nassau County Patrolman’s Benevolent Association.

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