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Andrea Rebello (left) Andrea Rebello (left)
Dalton Smith Dalton Smith
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Nassau County police said the Hofstra University student killed during a home invasion robbery was the victim of friendly fire from an officer.

According to the New York Post, the officer who fired the accidental fatal shot is highly decorated and exchanged gunfire with suspect, 30-year-old Dalton Smith.

21-year-old Andrea Rebello of Tarrytown, was shot in the head and died.

During a Saturday night press conference, Nassau County Det. Lt. John Azzata said the officer fired eight rounds.  Seven rounds struck the subject -- one struck the victim. 

Earlier, Nassau County police identified Smith, a career criminal who was identified by his fingerprints. Smith's criminal record dates back 14 years.

Police had issued a warrant for Smith's arrest in April after he violated parole. His criminal record includes armed robbery and automobile theft convictions, records show.

Police said Smith, wearing a black ski mask, knocked on the door and then forced his way into the home on California Avenue after 2:00 a.m. Once inside, he demanded money from the four residents -- one man and three women. Police said Smith had one of the woman go to an ATM to get more money. The victim called 911 once she was outside.

Police arrived to the scene minutes later and got into a shootout with Smith. Officials say Smith used the victim as a human shield.

"The male black, who is the subject in this case – Mr. Smith, has our victim, Andrea, still in a headlock when he realizes there's a police officer behind the wall in the hallway," said Azzata.

"He now moves her even closer to the front of his body. He's backing out towards the back door and he's still got the gun to her head – eventually menaces our police officer, points his gun at the officer and at that point – fires several rounds." 

Rebello's twin sister, Jessica, was among the women inside the home at the time of the shooting -- she was not harmed, officials said.

Fox 5 News reported that several sorority sisters lived in the home.

Rebello's funeral will be held this week in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. Her high school yearbook quote read..l""ove the life you live, live the life you love.

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