Suspects In Shooting Death Of Det. Peter Figoski Plead Not Guilty

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) –  The five men accused of murder in the shooting death of NYPD Officer Peter Figoski pleaded not guilty Tuesday afternoon.

The defendants made their pleas through their attorneys and did not speak, 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reported.  They will be held without bail until their next court appearance on January 4.

A grand jury voted to indict Lamont Pride, the alleged gunman in the shooting, on first-degree murder charges.

1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa Reports

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly announced Tuesday that four other defendants are charged with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

Pride is the one who allegedly pulled the trigger, killing the 22-year veteran of the force. His alleged accomplices are Kevin Santos, 30, Ariel Tejada, 22, Nelson Moralez, 27 and Michael Velez, 21.

All five men were formally arraigned on Tuesday afternoon.  Hynes said there will be no plea bargains in this case and all five defendants will go to trial.  The arraignment lasted about 4 minutes and was witnessed by dozens of cops sitting shoulder to shoulder, CBS 2’s Tony Aiello reported.

PBA President Pat Lynch said the loss of Officer Figoski is a wound that will never fully heal.

“We will be here in this court every time these cretins show up,” he said.

Before the men return to court in January, the district attorney has agreed to turn over all the evidence, proof of guilt that prosecutors call overwhelming.

Eight days after the fatal shooting, police are still trying to find a key piece of evidence – the bullet that took Figoski’s life.   Crime scene investigators are still looking for the bullet so they can match it to the gun Pride allegedly tossed as he ran.

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The indictments come a day after Figoski was laid to rest. Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced yesterday that Figoski had been promoted to detective posthumously.

Photos: Det. Figoski’s Funeral

Figoski was gunned down during a botched robbery last week in Cypress Hills. Pride and his alleged accomplices were formally charged with murder Friday.

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Suspected cop killer Lamont Pride (credit: Handout)

The New York Times reported Monday that Pride got into a scuffle with correction officers at Rikers Island after refusing to cooperate a routine search. Pride then reportedly struggled with officers, elbowing two of them in the face.

Authorities allege the group was in the middle of a home invasion drug robbery when they were interrupted by Figoski.

Velez is accused of being the getaway driver. He told the Daily News last week that Pride threatened him with a gun, adding that he agreed to drive the suspects without any knowledge of the robbery plot.

“Each one of them, each one of them is equally as guilty of as the next in the killing of a New York City police officer,” Pat Lynch said last week.

More than 15,000 mourners turned out Monday to honor their fallen comrade. Officers from the NYPD, Nassau and Suffolk departments, state police from New York and New Jersey, and officers from upstate New York communities stood at attention and saluted Figoski’s casket.

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The daughters of slain NYPD officer, Peter Figoski, mourn at his funeral. (credit: CBS 2)

The slain officer’s four daughters stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Figoski’s colleagues as the hearse arrived at St. Joseph’s Church in Babylon and his body was carried inside.

READ: Text Of Bloomberg’s Eulogy (DOC)

The family has received an outpouring of support from the community. More than $600,000 has been donated to the Peter Figoski scholarship fund. The money will help pay for the education of Figoski’s daughters Christine, Caitlyn, Caroline and Corrine.

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Share your thoughts on this story in the comments section below…

  • Gonch Me

    Pride is aptly named. His face shows annoyance, not repentance, at this consequence of his actions.

  • gloria

    I agree with you Esmerelda, but it will never happen in this country. We are much too easy on criminals while we waste taxpayer dollars on jerks like this. They are not human beings, and their deprived childhoods are not an excuse.

  • Latino27

    And now they are just going to jail them?

  • Trish

    OK. I understand he got killed, however US soilders get killed almost everyday and there isn’t a scholorship fund being honored for thier kids.. what makes this sooooo special? Its his freaking JOB! He knew the risks of being a NYPD officer…..662,000? c’mon!

    • Rich E.


      Shut your face. Kind citizens can contribute to charity causes anyway they see fit. How dare you question the importance of anyone’s life, except your own… And its scholarship, with an “A.”

    • aka

      Absolutely it was his job. And US soldiers signed up for their job, too. They know the risks too now don’t they? So don’t put them in separate categories, ever.

      • Rich E.

        Police officers, soldiers, firefighters etc. ARE in a separate category. They are those who take these dangerous jobs. Those who risk their lives, and in many cases are not appreciated for the sacrifice they and their families make. The only comment you should leave is “Thank You.”

    • Dee

      You can have a litle sympathy he was a father of four they shot him in the face for no reason his jobs is to protect us and keep us safe when you go into war you go in to be shot at and to shoot back everyday .. and soldiers get an extremely high honor for what they do its they weekend before christmas he was in the nypd for 22 years he was supposed to retire 2 years before this happened. its terrible and what makes it so special was him. I dont even no this man nor his family never even heard of them but they live a town over from me and being my father has four daughters and i understand i dont know what i would do with myself especially the details that were given these girls have to live with this everyday of there lives god bless peter and god bless his family

  • Ken Brown

    The murderer, Pride should be executed without appeal. And the others involved should get minimally, 15 to Life each, because they too had malice in their hearts when going forth to rob a drug dealer who would have probably resisisted their efforts and thereby forcing them to step up their violent responses, which they apparently were prepared to effect.

  • Esmerelda

    The murderers should be executed now.
    No point in wasting trial and prison tax money.

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