NEW YORK (AP) – Officials say an NYPD officer killed by friendly fire is in line for a promotion to detective.

The posthumous honor is expected to be announced Thursday at the Brooklyn funeral of Officer Omar Edwards. It will more than double the rookie officer’s salary to about $104,000. That means his family will get better death benefits.

The 28-year-old Edwards was killed May 28 in East Harlem. He was off-duty and in street clothes when he began chasing a man who broke into his car.

Police say plainclothes officers on a patrol spotted the pair and ordered them to halt. When Edwards turned toward them with his gun out, one of the officers shot him three times.

AP-ES-06-03-09 1700EDT

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