Lamont Pride, the man accused of gunning down a police officer in Brooklyn, was arraigned Tuesday on charges including first and second-degree murder, and he's being held without bail alongside four alleged accomplices. NY1’s Dean Meminger filed the following report.
Prosecutors said Tuesday that Lamont Pride didn't hesitate to pull the trigger on NYPD Officer Peter Figoski.
"He was targeted for homicide because he wore the uniform of the NYPD," said Ken Taub, chief of homicide at the Brooklyn district attorney’s office.
Prosecutors say Pride and four accomplices went to a basement apartment on Pine Street in Cypress Hills early Monday to rob a drug dealer, but when police arrived, the alleged robbers were cornered. Pride allegedly shot Figoski once in the face, killing him.
"He made a choice to end the officer’s life rather than conform and be arrested. The choice he made was to intentionally shoot and kill a police officer,” said Taub.
Pride was arraigned Tuesday evening on charges of first and second-degree murder, aggravated murder, and criminal possession of a weapon. He's being held without bail.
Hundreds of officers packed the courthouse, hugging and grieving together and showing solidarity against the five defendants.
"They were evil and they were cowards. They hit and then they jumped and then they pulled the trigger that took a good man off the face of this earth,” said Pat Lynch, PBA president.
Pride's alleged accomplices also face murder charges and are also being held without bail.
All five are scheduled to be back in court Friday.
Shooter Had Outstanding Warrant
Meantime, prosecutors are trying to answer questions about why Pride was on the street at all.
He had an outstanding warrant in connection with a shooting in North Carolina, but authorities there didn't issue an out-of-state warrant because at the time, they didn't consider Pride a flight risk.
When he was picked up in the city last month on a drug charge, the judge couldn't hold Pride for extradition.
He was released on his own recognizance.
"At the time of the arrest in early November, that warrant was very explicit. It said extradition within the state of North Carolina only, meaning they didn’t want him back at that time if he was arrested somewhere else," said David Bookstaver of the Office of Court Administration.
Police in Greensboro, North Carolina told NY1 they first learned Pride was in New York five days after he was arrested here.
At that time, they changed the warrant, but he had already been released.
Wake To Be Held On Long Island
Funeral plans have been made for Officer Figoski.
A wake will be held this weekend at a funeral home on Long Island.
The funeral will then be on Monday at 11 a.m. at the Parish of St. Joseph in Babylon.
Meantime, the New York City Police foundation has set up a college fund for Figoski's four daughters.
Donations can be made online at www.nycpolicefoundation.org or by sending a check to:
New York City Police Foundation
Attention Peter Figoski Fund
555 5th Avenue, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10017