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Detective who fired shots at groom testifies

March 10, 2007

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— A police detective who fired 31 of 50 shots that killed an unarmed groom and injured two of his bachelor party guests testified Friday before a grand jury.

Michael Oliver, 35, had no comment outside court when he appeared with his attorney after 2 1/2 hours.

"It was very emotional. A young man died in this case. It was a tragedy that occurred but no crime was committed," said his attorney, James Culleton.

Oliver was the last of five police officers under investigation to testify.

Sean Bell, 23, was killed before dawn Nov. 25 after his bachelor party at Kalua Cabaret, a topless bar in Queens where police had launched an undercover operation in response to complaints about prostitution. He was to be married later that day.

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