A 20-year-old Bronx bodega worker was accidentally shot and killed by a NYPD officer responding to an armed robbery inside the store early Friday morning, according to law enforcement officials.

Reynaldo Cuevas was shot and killed when he ran into the responding officer as he rushed out of the robbery scene at full speed, according to NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly.

“Mr. Cuevas … ran full-speed into the officer,” Kelly said. “The two became entangled, at which point, we believe, the officer accidentally discharged his weapon.”

NBC New York reports the robbers remained barricaded inside the store for over three hours until they were taken into custody. Police said the three suspects who participated in the robbery are expected to be charged with felony murder, in addition to robbery counts.

In the video below Police Commissioner Ray Kelly explains the sequence of events that led to the officer “accidentally discharging” his gun.

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