London Daily Mail
February 12, 2013


Burglar convicted of murder for shooting NYPD cop in the face during drug robbery... but avoids the most serious charge

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER

A burglar who fatally shot an NYPD cop in the face during a botched drug robbery has been convicted of murder today. 

Lamont Pride, 28, faces 25 years to life in prison for killing Officer Peter Figoski, a father of four, in Brooklyn, New York, in December 2011.

However, he avoided the top charge - intentional murder of a police officer - which would have carried an automatic penalty of life in prison without parole.

Killer: Lamont Pride, left, faces 25 years to life in prison after he was convicted of second-degree murder in the killing of an NYPD officer.
Killer: Lamont Pride, left, faces 25 years to life in prison after he was convicted of second-degree murder in the killing of an NYPD officer.

Pride said he accidentally shot Figoski in the face when his gun 'went off' as of officer descended into the basement where Pride and his accomplices were robbing a marijuana dealer. 

He says he never mean to shoot Figoski.

Figoski's ex-wife Paulette sighed heavily and struggled to stay composed as the verdict was read, the New York Post reported.

Lamont Pride Peter Figoski
Senseless killing: Lamont Pride is accused of shooting NYPD officer Peter Figoski in the face
Testimony: With Figoski's daughters in court, he wiped tears back as he spoke about his partner of four years, who he considered a 'brother' (file photo)
Testimony: With Figoski's daughters in court, he wiped tears back as he spoke about his partner of four years, who he considered a 'brother' (file photo)

The father-of-four was pronounced dead several hours later at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. 

The 47-year-old could have retired two years before with a full pension.

Pride and the alleged getaway driver Michael Velez are both on trial for murder.

Two other men involved in the robbery will face trial later this year, while a third cooperated in exchange for a plea deal.

In court prosecutors played surveillance videos that showed Estrada chasing Pride for four blocks

Figoski and Estrada were part of a back-up team of officers who responded to a report of a break-in at the basement apartment in the East New York section of Brooklyn, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.

The building owner, who lives on the first and second floors, called 911 at about 2:15am. 

The first officers walked toward the back of basement to help three men they thought were robbery victims, reported Huffington Post.

Family man: Police officer Peter Figoski, who had more than 22 years experience under his belt before shot in the line of duty on Monday, is pictured with his four daughters.
Family man: Police officer Peter Figoski, who had more than 22 years experience under his belt  before shot in the line of duty on Monday, is pictured with his four daughters.
Held without bail: The five men who were indicted on Friday. From left: Alleged getaway driver Michael Velez; accused ringleader Nelson Morales; ex-con Kevin Santos; alleged shooter Lamont Pride and Aerial Tejada.
Held without bail: The five men who were indicted on Friday. From left: Alleged getaway driver Michael Velez; accused ringleader Nelson Morales; ex-con Kevin Santos; alleged shooter Lamont Pride and Aerial Tejada.

They passed a room where Pride and Velez were hiding, prosecutors said, and as the officers were helping the supposed victims, Pride slipped out of a side room behind them. 

Just as he was making his escape, he ran into Figoski on the stairs. 

Police said another officer was outside, struggling with another suspect. 

After a foot chase, police recovered a silver semi-automatic pistol under a parked car near where Pride was arrested.