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Police Officer Suspended After Fatal Shooting

February 25, 1985

NEW YORK (AP) _ A New York City police officer was suspended from active duty early today after the shooting death of a 22-year-old man who had been dropping light bulbs from an elevated subway station, police said.

Paul Fava, 22, of the Bronx, was shot to death Sunday by a police officer called to investigate reports of someone tossing light bulbs, said police Sgt. Ed LeSchack.

Officer Mervin E. Yearwood, 32, a three-year veteran, was suspended without pay today following a preliminary investigation that determined Yearwood had not acted within police guidelines in the shooting, LeSchack said.

The case will go before a grand jury, he said.

Yearwood and his partner, Officer William Oates, 36, were on patrol when they were stopped by someone in the street and told that ″kids were throwing light bulbs down from the station,″ LeSchack said.

After climbing the stairs to the station to investigate, the officers spotted Fava and a 21-year-old companion LeSchack declined to identify. He said it was not known exactly what took place next.

A short time later Officer Yearwood fired one shot, striking Fava behind his right ear, he said. Fava was pronounced dead at the scene.

His companion was not injured, LeSchack said.