Updated 12/14/2011 11:34 PM
NYPD Officer's Alleged Killer Avoided Arrest In NC
The man who is accused of murdering a police officer in Brooklyn Monday had two warrants for his arrest in North Carolina, and one of his alleged victims there recently spoke out about the shooting. NY1’s Dean Meminger filed the following report.
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Rayshawn Maberson said he's lucky to be alive after he was allegedly shot this summer by Lamont Pride, the man now charged with murdering Police Officer Peter Figoski.
Maberson said Pride shot him in the ankle after an altercation over a woman in early August.
"We hear this guy got a gun, this guy got a gun. My girl was like ‘go in the house.’ I turn around and all I hear is bam," said Maberson.
Police in Greensboro say they issued two warrants for Pride's arrest in late September, but the warrants were only to extradite him to Greensboro if he was caught within North Carolina.
By that time, it appears Pride was already in New York, because he was arrested here on September 12 for grand larceny.
On November 3, he was arrested again for allegedly attempting to sell crack.
NYPD officials say they reached out to Greensboro, but by the time an out of state warrant was issued, Pride had already been released from jail.
The court system said it could not hold him on an out of state warrant that didn't call for extradition. But on Wednesday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he believes more could have been done.
“Obviously the judge should have done more work. Obviously everybody could have done more work to see what the warrants were in North Carolina," said Bloomberg.
A spokesperson for the Office of Court Administration responded to Bloomberg's statements, saying, "It is not productive to get into a back and forth with the mayor, the police commissioner or anyone else. In New York State, judges have discretion when setting bail."
In North Carolina, Maberson offered some thoughts about the accusations that Pride gunned down a police officer.
"That dude is crazy for real. I just shook my head. Until this day I just shake my head," said Maberson.
After what happened to Officer Figoski, Maberson said he believes he also could have been killed.
"If you make it through, thank God you made it, and if you didn't make it through, I'm praying for you," said Maberson.
Authorities in North Carolina say police couldn't track down Pride again after the updated warrant was issued.
They don't expect him to be sent back now that he's charged with the first-degree murder of an NYPD officer.