NEW YORK — Authorities say a New York City man has been arrested on charges he built an explosive to attack a police officer and instead killed an innocent bystander.

Federal prosecutors charged Victor Kingsley on Wednesday with using a weapon of mass destruction and illegally transporting an explosive.

A criminal complaint says Kingsley wanted to use homemade bombs to retaliate against police officers who arrested him in a case that was later dropped.

It says last year, Kingsley had one device planted on the porch of a Queens home where he mistakenly believed one of the officers lived. The unwitting owner of the house, George Wray, died when he accidentally set it off.

The 37-year-old Kingsley was awaiting an initial court appearance. The name of his attorney wasn’t immediately available.


This story has been corrected to say that Wray was the owner of the house where the device was left, not a resident there. Police say he did not live there.

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