Man Convicted of Manslaughter in Fatal Cop Push

The officer was killed in March 2011 while trying to arrest the suspect

Wednesday, May 2, 2012  |  Updated 12:19 PM EDT
Manslaughter Conviction in Fatal Cop Push

Officer Alain Schaberger


A man accused of pushing an NYPD officer over a railing to his death has been convicted of aggravated manslaughter and acquitted of aggravated murder.

Officer Alain Schaberger fell 9 feet down a cement stairwell in March 2011, landing on his head and breaking his neck, police said.

A jury in Brooklyn reached its verdict Wednesday in the trial of George Villanueva.

Schaberger, 42, was among a group of officers who rushed to Boerum Hill to help a woman who said her boyfriend was threatening to kill her.

Police were trying to arrest Villanueva when he began to resist outside his St. Marks Place home, police said. That's when he pushed Schaberger.

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