5 Arraigned In Shooting Death Of NYPD Officer Peter Figoski

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The five suspects charged with murder in the killing of NYPD Officer Peter Figoski were taken to Supreme Court in Brooklyn and arraigned Tuesday.

The alleged gunman, Lamont Pride, appeared in court while being shackled and didn’t speak as he faced the first-degree murder charge.  His co-defendants —  Kevin Santos, Ariel Tejada, Nelson Moralez and Michael Velez, who were all located and arrested before 9 a.m. Tuesday — are facing second-degree murder charges.

LISTEN:1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon Reports From The Arraignment

Dozens of somber cops assembled at the station house before heading to court for the arraignment of the suspects. Officers also saluted arriving family members, including the two college-age daughters of fallen Officer Figoski.

Officer Figoski was shot and killed while he and his partner, Glenn Estrada, were responding as backup to a robbery in progress at an apartment around 2:15 a.m. Monday at 25 Pine St. in Cypress Hill.

LISTEN: 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria With More On The Alleged Gunman

PBA president Pat Lynch addressed the capture of all five murder suspects, saying “Officer Figoski’s handcuffs were on these perps that walked into that building today.”

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PBA President Lynch addresses the media with Officer Glenn Estrada in the background. (credit: Sonia Rincon, 1010 WINS)

“They worked in conjunction because [they] were evil, and they hid and then they jumped, and they pulled the trigger that took a good man,” he said.

A crowd also gathered Tuesday night to honor Figoski in the neighborhood where he was killed.  More than 100 people gathered at 25 Pine Street in Cypress Hills, where residents joined community leaders and fellow officers.  Those at the vigil prayed, lit candles and released balloons in memory of the slain officer.

Figoski’s accused killer, the 27-year-old Pride, was arrested Monday.

Police offered a full account Tuesday of how the fatal violence unfolded. Four of the suspects burst into the basement apartment hoping to rob a drug dealer, who they knocked to the ground.

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Lamont Pride (credit: Handout)

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane reports

Cops pulled up quickly as Pride and Santos hid in a storage room.  As the first two responders confronted Tejada and Morales, who claimed to be helping the man on the floor, Santos and Pride tried to flee — only to run into Officer Figoski and his partner.

Police said Pride shot Figoski once in the face and the cop never had a chance.

“I think it was very, very quick. The officer did not have his weapon out and didn’t have a chance to take his weapon out,” Commissioner Kelly said.

“This was a cold-blooded killer and his crew, that set out to rob a drug den and decided they are going to be stopped by no one and they’ll kill a New York City police officer. It’s devastating to everyone that wears the uniform,” Lynch told CBS 2’s Tony Aiello.

Figoski’s partner, Estrada, immediately stopped struggling with a second suspect and chased Pride for several blocks before arresting him.

Police said the robbery victim was a drug dealer with six prior arrests and was targeted because the suspects figured he had money in his apartment.

“They believe that the tenant in the basement apartment of 25 Pine St. was a marijuana dealer. They planned to steal any cash and marijuana that he had.  They met in an apartment in Queens at 1 a.m., they planned the robbery and afterwards drove to carry it out,” Kelly said.

A jammed semi-automatic pistol and a black ski mask, allegedly belonging to Pride, were found underneath a vehicle nearby.

Pride was arrested on a drug charge in Coney Island on Nov. 3, but was released due to confusion over his extradition back to North Carolina for allegedly shooting a man there.

WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb With Ray Kelly

Sources told CBS 2 that an extradition warrant was officially upgraded days later on Nov. 8, but by that time, Pride was already back out on the streets. On Nov. 15, he failed to show up for a court appearance.

The 47-year-old Figoski was the father of four daughters, including two in high school and two in college.

Officer Figoski spent his entire 22-year career at Brooklyn’s 75th Precinct. He made more than 200 arrest, including nearly half for felonies, and earned 12 medals, including eight for exceptional police duty.

Figoski’s wake will be held on Saturday and Sunday at the Boyd Funeral Home and his funeral will be Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church in Babylon.

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  1. Bill says:

    Miami.. BUT Whites don’t defend their filth.. blacks ALWAYS do or say NOTHING… THE FACTS are 98%!!! Of the shooters in NYC are black and brown.. that is a fact from 2009 the first half of… look it up if you wish…. Blacks and browns ALWAYS are more likely to be criminals in virtually every city town in America… those are the FACTS and as usual the civil rights cretins are NOWHERE… notice Asians have low crime rates as well….. The job of a police officer is FAR more dangerous due to black and brown criminals,.. FAR MORE…. no comparison to the 1950’s or 40’s… I also blame the LYING MEDIA LIKE CBS here… PUT OUT THE FACTS YOU LIARS!!! THANK GOODNESS FOR THE NET’…. REAL NEWS AND NOT THIS CONTROLLED SLOP!!!

    1. DIANA says:

      UMMM, WOW,,, IM PUERTO RICAN AND I DO NOT DEFEND ANYONE WHO DOES WRONG, NO MATTER WHAT COLOR THEY ARE,, IF THEY DID WRONG THEN THEY DID WRONG, THEY HAVE TO PAY THE CONSEQUENCES,,, MY NEIGHBORHOOD IS CRAP BECAUSE THAT WHAT MOST OF THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE THERE MAKE IT.. AND YOU KNOW WHAT,, I WOULD BE THE FIRST ONE TO SAY,,”” SEE AND THESE PEOPLE ARE THE ONES WHO MAKE ALL PUERTORICANS LOOK BAD””” BUT THERE ARE A FEW OF US THAT WALK A STRIGHT LIKE AND HAVE GOOD HEARTS, HAVE NEVER BEEN IN TROUBLE OD ANY KIND, NO DRUGS, NO GUNS, FINISHED SCHOOL , GREAT CAREER, AND WE GET LOOKED DOWN UPON AS “FILTH” . IF YOU LOOK AT THE “STATISTICS” U MAY SEE THAT BLACKS AND BROWN MAY BE THE MAJORITY BUT DONT FORGET THAT THERE ARE ITALIANS, ASIANS, RUSSIANS….. U NAME IT THEY ARE IN JAIL TOO,, THEY COMMIT CRIMES TOO,,, PLAIN AND SIMPLE…….. FILTH IS FILTH !!! NO MATTER WHAT RACE OR RELIGION YOU MAY BE….

  2. Meme Meyagi says:

    what is done about 7 million mooslime terrorists living in usa?

  3. Glenn Erdmann says:

    Expose the names of the family members and friends of these 5 maggots on society. They enable them to exist so they are complicit.

  4. sammy says:

    PLANET OF THE APES
    ITS TIME WE EXTERMINATE AND TAKE IT BACK

  5. wayne says:

    Our hearts and prayers are with Officer Figosky’s family in this time of grief caused by the recent tragic passing of their dearly beloved.
    We hope the many extensions of comfort have been and will continue to be of solace.
    We hope the City and the Police Department will overshadow and undergird this family in their time of trial and vulnerability.
    May his soul find redemption and eternal repose in the everlasting arms of the Almighty.

  6. Miami one says:

    Realistically speaking ,shut your big mouth you are angry at your self ..Look in the mirror and see how ugly you are…You are a coward ,show your face why don’t u…….If u have nothing good to say don’t come on here and disrespect blacks who do u think u are..You are ignorant and illiterate….Get the hell off off here…This could happen any where …This guy was let out he should have never been out….Virginia Tech just had a shooting the killer was white…That Arizona congress woman her killer was white ..Nobody knows or care about u …
    Its not the time to be disrespectful please let the officer family grieve….

    1. charm says:

      i care about him

    2. Meme Meyagi says:

      swim back to afrika and take your bros with you

  7. Concern citizen says:

    Listen Ace 11 you are nothing but garbage you may be a low life like the cop killer.This guy is not even from NYC …He is a coward …Ace 11 u r a rapist…
    Keep your mouth shut if u have nothing good to say…Ace 11 is the killer best friend….

    1. Very conservative says:

      Liberalism is a mental disorder

  8. Nat Powell says:

    Death Penalty for cop- killers??? What about cops that kill???? Death penalty is still murder. Murder is murder which ever way you put it. Its inhumane to take someone’s life. People let’s get it together.

    1. Steven says:

      If it would happen to you a friend of yours or somebody in your family, you would whistle a different tune.

    2. DIANA says:

      I SAY “” AN EYE FOR AN EYE”‘
      ALWAYS EXPECT TO GET BACK WHAT YOU GIVE.
      IF YOU TAKE A LIFE INTENTIONALLY, THEN YOUR LIFE SHOULD BE TAKEN AS WELL… AND YOU KNOW WHAT …… THE JAILS WOULDNT BE SOOOOO OVERCROWDED WITH PEOPLE WHO HAVE MURDERED THEIR LOVED ONES, THEIR CHILDREN, … THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO MISS THEIR FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS BECAUSE SOME INSANE PERSON MURDERED THEM. AND NOTHING THEY CAN DO CAN BRING THEM BACK.

    3. Bill says:

      Nat.. you racist IDIOT.. HOW DARE you compare the savages- nearly ALWAYS black and brown that have RUINED The job for a police officer to police that shoot and kill criminals.. you know, the animals YOU LOVE…. how DARE you even compare the two… People like you? I would never respond to a call from if I was police… disgusting…. 98%!!!! of the shooting are done by blacks and hispanic in NYC….. You are WORTHLESS you lying idiot… Death penalty for cop killers and killers in general.. you RACIST.. GET IT TOGETHER!

  9. Kris says:

    Thank you Jonas for telling the truth. It is sad BUT true!
    I hope everyone reads all of your comments below.
    I do defend the educated African Americans who are wonderful and contribute so much to the community.

  10. Jeff Rosen ret NYPD Sgt says:

    My deepest condolences to P.O. Figoski’s family. I joined the NYPD a month shy of 30 years ago, Jan ’82, and remember vividly the first line of duty funeral. I still can’t get used to it/
    RIP

  11. Idratherbegolfing says:

    How the F was this guy released back out onto the streets because of confusion on extradition back to NC for SHOOTING a man. It’s not like they were trying to extradite him back to NC for traffic tickets. If was for shooting somebody. And now 6 weeks after his release on a drug arrest he shoots a cop in the face. The system is warped. How can the judge who let this man walk free after being arrested back in November and the lawyer who helped him go free sleep at night? Guy was a career criminal and should have been behind bars until the confusion on the extradition back to NC for shooting someone was cleared up. You don’t need a law degree just basic common sense to tell you that.

  12. Ofc. M. Gutierrez says:

    I did not have the pleasure in knowing Ofc. Figoski but as a police officer I know the dangers of the job. To the Figoski family, my deepest condolences to you and to the four beautiful daughters know that your father is the arm of our lord and savior. I know nothing I say could attempt to take the pain and hurt you are feeling but just know that the entire law enforcement family is feeling and walking with a heavy heart today . Ofc. Figoski thank you for your dedication and service and may you RIP. God speed my brother. Unitl we meet one day.

    1. Ellen says:

      Ofc, M. Gutierrez I want to thank you and all your brothers and sisters for the beautiful job you do in protection us from harm. I know that Ofc, Figoski is in Heaven with God and my heart goes out to his family right now, but I do believe that God will take care of everything. After all He did give us men and women like you and I do thank Him for that, and will be thanking God for all eternity for making such beautiful people like you. May Saint Michael the Arc Angle look over you and yours.

    2. captain bill's daughter says:

      thank you for your service ofc gutierrez. dad was nypd for 30+ years, and we lived in the 75 until i was 13. my heart goes out to ofc figoski’s daughters. i remember how mom felt some nights when dad was working. to his immediate family, and the members of the long blue line who also mourn, his was a life well lived with love and service. the best the rest of us can do is to dedicate ourselves to the principles he held dear. the hole in our hearts will never heal. when justice is served the emptiness will still be there. girls, you’ll never stand alone. your dad was a hero who served and protected. know that his spirit will always be with you. so many tears shed, another angel/spirit called away too soon. rest in peace ofc figoski. may your partner recover from his injury. roll call answered. at ease good and faithful servant of the people. justice will be served.

  13. Maximillian says:

    Alright enough is enough. There is no need to call people horrible racist names or quote debunked 19th century biased science. Just because people like Al Sharpton use race to throttle justice and that Lamont Pride is black should not lead to racial insults. I apologize if my previous statement ignited any of this.

  14. Fritz Von says:

    Just don’t call them animals or savages.

    1. Jonas Maximus says:

      criminal feral apes?

    2. drakescake says:

      there were about 10 stories of white men shooting people at random or hurting children this week ALONE, animals and savages don’t come in one color

      1. utterone says:

        Did this happen in NYC? No, it didn’t.

  15. Bloomingidiot says:

    Bbbbbut, how could this happen? NY is one of the strictest gun control states in the country.

    Perhaps criminals don’t give 2 craps about Bloomingberg’s inane gun control.

    His comment was utterly ridiculous.

    Illegally obtained semi-automatic in the hands of a career criminal.

    Don’t read much about law abiding citizens resorting to such animalistic behavior, do you, Bloomie? So why the push to strip guns from them?

  16. marvin greenberg says:

    this is beyond sad. Another one of us who went over his time, now his family pays. really why do anything for a city full of people who dont care about the good ones. Take the money and run. and never look back. Because the Job does not care about you or yours.

    1. d johnson says:

      This is one of the first things that came to mind after reading he’d been on the job for 22 years. Thankfully, my mother put in her 25 years and didn’t look back. My heart goes out to the family of Ofc. Figoski, and I thank him for his valuable contributions in making the streets safer.

      BTW, all of the racism and degradation is unnecessary, this wasn’t a hate crime so why make it into an issue of black vs. white?!

  17. Bella says:

    Frank I stand corrected not everyone who dislikes cops have been arrested but with that being said, how can anyone say a word about how our law enforcement abuses their authority without any of us ever walking even a mile in their shoes.

    I believe it to be somewhat unfair to judge everyone as the same whether it be steroids with athletes, extra marital affairs within politics, overly routy individuals at large gatherings or a cop that may abuse his/her authority from time to time, can we really assume all are the same in these cases? This time of the year we are suppose to be showing compassion to all around us and during this time a family has lost their loved one to a senseless act by a criminal who should not have still be on the streets. The last few days so many people have been griping about how statements are made that may label a few bad eggs in a particular group as the identity of the entire population – so isn’t that the same when someone states that cops abuse their power or politicians make the laws that benefit only them? Can’t it be possible that someone working in the same precinct for 22 years was there to serve the community and paid the ultimate sacrifice for doing such? Yes our police officers choose their profession and risk the chance of not going home to their families at night but the do so knowing that a greater portion of the city has no respect, care or concern about what may happen to them at any given time. I think its long overdue that we stop thinking about ourselves and think about what Officer Figoski’s family is going through and if anyone doesnt have anything to say other than how heartwrenching this situation is or paying condolensces to the fallen officers family, the comments should be kept to themselves. I am sure that if it was your loved one who died you would hope there would be alittle compassion in this city and world for just that. Remember all of you can walk the streets and be free because of all of our heroes – from military to law enforcement. You may or may not agree with everything everyone does through out your life but until you put on that uniform you should neve pass any judgement. God Bless Officer Figoski and his family – they have all paid the ultimate sacrifice for a city whom has grown such hatred for OUR police officers – it is so sad in soooooo many ways.

    1. Blahlla says:

      Bella,
      Don’t you have anything to do today? Give it a rest already. Ten comments are enough……

      1. Bella says:

        THE REASON FOR SO MANY POST IS MY TOY IS BROKEN AND I HAVE NO MONEY TO BUY A NEW ONE UNTIL MY CHECK COMES IN .SO I TAKE OUT MY SE XUAL FRUSTRATION ON THIS SITE

    2. Rory says:

      Thank you Bella….well said.

      1. Bella says:

        Mind your own business Rory….I don’t need your approval….

  18. Maximillian says:

    Anyone talkling about police brutality right now is sick in the head and has no respect for human life. I would like to see Al Sharpton open open his big fat mouth and tell everyone that this cop was a victim. Our society does not want to deal wth these gangsta hood pieces of grabage or any other thugs on the street. If you are a tax payer and a responsible citizen you get penalized. It is a shame that race stands in the way for anyone who seeks justice. Hopefully this unfortunate tragedy will become an issue and force our law makers into protecting us and punishing people like Lamont Pride.

    1. Shlomo Farkas says:

      Yeah right! Before they can protect you, the politicians have to first protect the minorities, the gays, and the Jews, so wait in line (and look over your shoulder).

      1. Marvin says:

        Agreed 100%. And for anyone who labels you as “racist”, “bigot”, “homophobic”, “or anti-cementic”-that is just their way of agreeing with you (indirectly of course). That’s what contrarians do.

  19. bullett says:

    If we as citizens and taxpayers fight to have the death penalty re-instated, criminals like Pride will think twice before carrying a gun, and before using it.

    1. Mr Turkey says:

      Even if it was, it takes FOREVER to execute someone here anyway. So long that the convict would have died of natural causes Let alone a black jury condemning one of their own like Pride.

    1. FIREMAN ED says:

      PEOPLE!!!!!!!!CAN WE MOVE ON TO SOMETHING MORE IMPORTANT!!!IN CASE YOUVE FORGOTTEN JETS-EAGLES THIS SUNDAY WITH MAJOR PLAYOFF IMPLICATIONS FOR THE JETS…….LETS FOCUS ON THAT

  20. bella says:

    @Fireman Ed if you are truly the real Fireman Ed you should be ashamed of calling yourself a fireman and part of the city’s emergency responders. One of your own – albeit not a fireman – but a man who put his life on the line everyday like you do/did as a fireman during your tenure on the job lost his life yesterday and his family will never be the same – I think a Jets playoff berth or discussion of one should not be brought up on comments under an article such as this. It is disrespectful to the memory of one of NY’s fallen heros!!!!!!! No football player can ever say they are a hero when all the do is run or throw a football…..keep that in mind next time you want to make a comment such as you did……..

    1. Ellen says:

      bella, you are indeed the voice of reason. Yesterday on this very same subject I could not believe all the ignorant ranting and ravings that were going on. Everything from racist to cop hating comments. The family needs our prayers not nasty hateful posts from people who obviously have nothing better to do but show off their ignorance. Thank you once again for your common sense and compassionate out look on a terrible crime that was committed against a man who put his life on the line for the safety of others. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

      1. Bella says:

        Thank you Ellen – I don’t normally comment on things like this but I am so tired of people ranting about nonsense and not looking at the whole picture. Someone’s life was taken from doing what he loved to do and everyday every single soldier and emergency personnel across the whole country puts their life on the line to protect and serve yet as americans we pay homage to actor, actresses, recording artists etc. And as far as the people who supposedly hate cops??? Why because they caught those people breaking the law and arrested them? If you don’t want to be arrested and have dealings with cops try not breaking the law and live like most people in this country as an upstanding citizen🙂

        1. Ellen says:

          Bella just keep it up will you. Love reading your posts. You seem to be the only level headed person on here,

          1. Bella says:

            Thanks Ellen – I am trying to be as best I can without letting my emotions getting the best of me.

        2. Frank says:

          I have never been arrested. But too many cops abuse their authority. And of course are puppets of the politicians who make laws primarily to protect themselves and those in their ‘club’.

          1. Frank says:

            This in response to Bella. My reply not showing as such.

  21. frank says:

    Not funny. And I don’t even like cops. The only ones more crooked are their employers/ puppeteers (politicians).

    1. Vik says:

      You and the other hose humping hoe-down can go to hell.

  22. Grrrumpy Miner says:

    If this guy Pride was shot and killed,”Reverend Al” and his MINIONS would be marching the streets yelling for “Justice”.Where is “Reverend Al” when the cops family needs HIM!!!

    1. IgnoranteElephante says:

      Probably comfortably eating ribs with taxpayer money.

      1. Neil Mooney says:

        Didn’t you hear? Rev. Al prefers blueberry pie!!

  23. ireadalot120@gmail.com says:

    The story emerging is the robbery was based upon knowledge that the “victim” was a drug dealer and likely had money in his home. So, if the story is accurate so far, we have police responding to rescue one criminal from other criminals. Imagine if the police “qualified” victims by their history or their race or their gender, yada. They did not do that here. More facts will emerge over time to give a complete story. Then a jury will decide.

    Ironic.

    1. Mr Turkey says:

      Yeah, a jury of CRIMINALS. Either way, will not bring the officer back.

    2. Bella says:

      It doesn’t really matter what story emerges. Someone called 911 saying they were being robbed the cops responded – it is what they are paid to do. However, whether the victim was a drug dealer or not that person was not the one that ended a human beings life!!!! A family will now never be the same just because their father, brother, son, cousin, uncle, friend went to work that day and someone who SHOULD have been behind bars wasn’t due to failure in the court system. Officer Figoski will never be brought back and his family has been changed forever no matter who the victim was that called 911 that fateful morning!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. Mr Turkey says:

    If the demographics of the jury pool meet that of Cypress Hills, then the killer will in NO WAY get the death penalty (and may even be acquitted). Revenge for Sean Bell, OJ (Las Vegas case), Amadou Diallo, Abner Louima, Troy Davis, Rodney King, Ousmane Zongo, and of course the whole slavery thing that nobody still alive took part in one way or the other.

    And those demographics pretty darn possible. Maybe the jury pool should come from Staten Island or another county in NY that didn’t vote for the current “president” in 2008. That vote was biased like the outcome of the trial will be if held in Bklyn.

    Gobble gobble.

    1. Patrick Creeden says:

      New York stae does not have the death penalty anyhow, so it’s a moot point.

      1. DianeD says:

        yes, new york does have the death penalty, although there has not been an execution since 1976. There is currently a moratorium on the death penalty, but it is still on the books.

        1. IgnoranteElephante says:

          Sorry, there is no death penalty. It was reinstituted when Pataki became governor, but the Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, struck it down as against the state constitution in a case called People v. LaValle. They went out of their way to find some implausible reason for its unconstitutionality. Thus, it is safe to say as long as the court is constituted with Silver’s liberal cronies, there will never be a death penalty in this state.

          It is possible, however, to make a federal case out of this. Assuming this can be done, the death penalty is valid in United States (federal) Courts. You just have to avoid the overwhelmingly liberal federal judges, a la Garaufis and Weinstein, who will overturn a unanimous jury imposed death sentence.

          1. Neil Mooney says:

            Bet that illegal gun came across state lines, a Federal case indeed!

  25. Karen Munno says:

    I agree 100%. If you kill a cop you should be put to death. The only thing is the Death Penalty is another way of saying Life in Prison without Parole. They sit on Death Row for years and years, until basically they die of old age in prison. So if you’re going to get the Death Penalty, then just get it over with.

  26. Very conservative says:

    Liberalism is a mental disorder.

    1. CT Native says:

      As is Conservatism. The extremes of Left AND Right are off-kilter

      1. BobbyONJ says:

        Sorry, but the extreme Left is currently the gold medal winner in my book.

        1. Jonas Maximus says:

          Liberals serve only one species:; The Black Species
          Liberals send all our cash to one Continent: Africa
          Obama just approved 100 Billion for Africa to help AIDS knee grow patients.
          Zero dollars for us Humans.

  27. Asner says:

    How about DEATH PENALTY for killer cops?

    1. kev says:

      how about the death penalty for cops who kill people that don’t have a gun and lie about it

      1. Michael Schoen says:

        How about death penalty for a_ _ holes like kev who beleive killing police officers is ok….

        1. Vik says:

          For him and the animals who shot this cop. Yes, you other dillusional fools – ANIMALS!!!

      2. Bella says:

        @kev How do you know if they lied? Were you at the scene when events occured? Do you honestly believe any officer wakes up one morning and says I am going to kill someone in cold blood today? Sometimes things happen and OUR police officers have to make a split decision if the cop yells police dont move a reasonable lawful person wont move…..just some food for thought🙂

        1. Meme Meyagi says:

          bella, just like kev wasn’t at the scene, neither were you. cops are habitual liers. anything goes with pigs.

  28. JULES says:

    DEATH PENALTY FOR COP KILLERS

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