In the Brooklyn trial of two men accused of the 2011 murder of Police Officer Peter Figoski, the fallen officer's former partner gave his account of the shooting before jurors on Monday and broke down in tears.
Detective Glenn Estrada, seen above right, testified that Lamont Pride shot Figoski in the face with a gun, and that Michael Velez was also involved in the murder.
Prosecutors say Pride and Velez were among five men involved at the time in the robbery of an alleged drug dealer in his basement apartment on Pine Street in the Cypress Hills section of Brooklyn.
Estrada and Figoski were back-up officers reporting to the scene.
Testifying before two juries — one for Estrada and one for Velez — Estrada said he was struggling with one suspect who tried to run, when he heard the shot that killed Figoski.
Estrada said he gave chase when Pride ran out of the apartment.
After Pride was handcuffed, Estrada returned to the apartment to see what happened to Figoski.
"I had a lot of bad feelings about what could happen at the scene," Estrada testified. "I attempted to call him on his cellphone, no answer."
He then said, "I saw Pete in the stretcher. EMS was wheeling him out to the ambulance."
The jurors were also shown a picture of the 9mm handgun Pride allegedly used to shoot Figoski. Its magazine still contained 10 bullets.
Pride's lawyers say their client did shoot Figoski, but it was accidental.
The jurors also saw a picture of the basement apartment where the shooting took place and surveillance video of Estrada chasing Pride and Velez away from the scene of the shooting.
Figoski's brother, daughters and parents were in the courtroom to hear Monday's testimony.
Many police officers were also on hand to observe the trial, including Pat Lynch, the president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, and told reporters they wanted to see the two defendants convicted.
"It is crazy difficult for the family to hear their son, father, husband laying on the ground after being shot in the face," Lynch said. "For the police officers who were on the scene that day, to have to come in and talk about when they realized that Pete Figoski was shot dead and to testify how they had to go to the morgue to identify his body, today was an especially difficult day in a row of difficult days for this family."
Later in the week, prosecutors are expected to show jurors a videotaped interview of Pride, in which they say Pride confesses to the shooting.
The defense will argue that confession was coerced by police and prosecutors.
Another two men involved in the case will be tried later.
A fifth defendant has made a deal with the district attorney's office to testify against the other four men.