Fatal Shooting Not Justified, The Police Say

A 19-year-old high school student who intended to take a rooftop shortcut to a birthday party was shot and killed by a police officer early yesterday at the top of a dark stairwell leading to the roof of a Brooklyn housing project. Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said the shooting appeared to be unjustified. In a confrontation in which coincidence and surprise apparently played tragic roles, officials said the victim, Timothy Stansbury Jr., who was walking up the narrow interior stairs ahead of two friends, and one of two officers on the roof simultaneously grabbed the handles of a door atop a four-story building at 385 Lexington Avenue, in Bedford-Stuyvesant, about 1:30 a.m.

By ROBERT D. McFADDEN and IAN URBINA

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