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US TV actor faces murder charges
Lillo Brancato Jr
Lillo Brancato Jr has also appeared in US TV series NYPD Blue
An actor who appeared as an aspiring gangster in US TV series The Sopranos faces murder charges after a policeman was shot dead during a burglary.

Prosecutors say Lillo Brancato Jr, who played Matt Bevilacqua in the show's second series, will be charged following the raid in New York.

Mr Brancato Jr, 29, and Steven Armento, 48, also face burglary and weapons possession charges.

Both were taken to hospital after being shot by the officer during the raid.

The two men were said to be in a critical condition after being treated for gunshot wounds.

Acting break

Officer Daniel Enchautegui was off-duty when he disturbed a burglary in a property near his home on 10 December.

Police said the officer was shot in the chest but managed to shoot both suspects several times.

Colombian-born Mr Brancato got his acting break as a 16-year-old in the Robert De Niro-directed film A Bronx Tale in 1993.

He also appeared in films including Crimson Tide and Enemy of the State.

His character in The Sopranos, Matthew Bevilacqua, appeared in six episodes before he was killed by mob boss Tony Soprano.

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