Updated 01/04/2012 11:29 PM
Conflicting Accounts Emerge In Killing Of NYPD Detective
The five men charged in connection with the shooting death of Detective Peter Figoski appeared in court Wednesday for a pretrial hearing, and statements released to the media indicate that defendants are giving conflicting accounts of the botched robbery that led to the incident. NY1's Dean Meminger filed the following report.
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Court papers tell conflicting stories about what Lamont Pride did the night he’s accused of shooting and killing Detective Peter Figoski.
Police paperwork says their investigation concludes that Pride and four other defendants went to rob a drug dealer on Pine Street in Brooklyn. While Pride was trying to escape, police say he was startled by Figoski, clenched the gun and pulled the trigger.
However, Pride's written statement says he was just there to buy marijuana when the drug spot was robbed.
Pride says he fought one of the robbers and took his gun.
“I grabbed his wrist with one hand and the barrel with the other hand, I wrestled the gun from him, I tried to run out the door, he was still on me and pushed me off balance,” says Pride’s statement. “I tried to get out the doorway. I fell down face first at the bottom of the steps. As I attempted to get up the gun went off.”
The police and district attorney have other defendants pointing at Pride for the robbery and shooting.
Defendant Nelson Morales’ written statement says Pride forced him to get a ride to commit the robbery.
“I say no again, so he flash me with his gun and says now you gotta ask him for ride, so I walk up to the car and ask Mike to give me a ride somewhere," says Morales’ statement.
Morales goes on to say the alleged drug dealer lived in the basement of his uncle's house. He says Pride couldn't find money or drugs.
"The guy points the gun at my head then grabs me by my jacket and says ‘Where is it?’ I say ‘I don't know,’ so he punches me in my face and throws me to the floor," says Morales’ statement.
Family members of the defendants were in court but didn't want to speak to the media.
The police union says all five are responsible for the officer's death.
“Even when your son or daughter is a killer, as a parent you want to support. But they need to know, their son took a father off the face of this earth and justice must be served. That’s why New York City police officers will be here to make sure that justice is served,” said Pat Lynch, Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association president.
The defense team says it will be looking over all of this information over the next several months.
The next scheduled court date is in April.