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Officials call for calm following the police-involved shooting death of Akai Gurley

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BROOKLYN (PIX11) -- Elected officials called for calm Sunday following the shooting death of an unarmed man by a police officer in the Pink Houses in Brooklyn Thursday night.

The officials met with Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson to discuss the investigation into the shooting.

"The district attorney is committed to a full and fair investigation," said Brooklyn Congressman Hakeem Jeffries. "The matter has been assigned to the Civil Rights Unit within the Brooklyn district attorney's office."

It was late Thursday night when probationary Police Officer Peter Liang shot and killed 28-year-old Akai Gurley in a dark stairwell. The police commissioner called it an accident.

But some in East New York believe this was a crime. As they marched to the 75th precinct Saturday night, they chanted for the arrest of Liang.

Police sources told PIX11 the shooting occurred due to an accidental discharge of the rookie cop's gun.

"How did he die and why? Those two questions are important in terms of deciding whether or not there was negligence committed by the police officer," Brooklyn Congresswoman Nydia Valazquez said.

A spokesperson for the district attorney's office told PIX11 Thompson expressed to the elected officials he met with Sunday that he will conduct a fair and thorough investigation on behalf of the people of Brooklyn.

Investigators are still awaiting the autopsy report.

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