NEW YORK —Former cop Peter Liang’s partner was fired Friday by Commissioner William Bratton just a day after Liang himself was found guilty of manslaughter for the death of Akai Gurley.
Both Liang, Shaun Landau were probationary officers who could be fired by the commissioner for any reason for up to 24 months after joining the NYPD.
Landau was not criminally charged in Gurley's death.
Liang was convicted of manslaughter Thursday evening and also was fired. He faces up to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced April 14, but may not see time behind bars. There is no minimum sentencing requirement.
Landau testified about patrolling the pitch-dark stairwell at the Louis Pink Houses on Nov. 20, 2014. He discussed how Liang fired the shot that killed Gurley, who was walking down the stairs because the elevator was broken.
In the meantime, PBA president Pat Lynch said what happened was a tragic accident not a crime.
"We need to support our officers give the better training, the jury tried his weapon in a well lit courtroom," Lynch said."That night Liang was in a dark stairwell in a dangerous place."