Officer Peter Figoski was shot and killed as officers interrupted the robbery of a drug dealer in Brooklyn.
Figoski’s mother held her hands over her mouth and cried Wednesday as Kevin Santos, 32, was found guilty of murder.
During the trial, prosecutors said Pride and four others plotted to rob a drug dealer who lived in a basement apartment in Brooklyn, but were interrupted by police.
Michael Velez, the accused getaway driver in botched robbery that led to the shooting death of Officer Figoski, was found not guilty of first and second-degree burglary.
Prosecutors said Pride and four others plotted to rob a drug dealer who lived in a basement apartment in Brooklyn, but were interrupted by police.
Lamont Pride is accused of murder in the December 2011 death of Officer Peter Figoski.
During his closing argument, prosecutor Ken Taub said while the defendant’s intent may have been to get away from a bungled robbery, he was also intent on killing any police officer who got in his way.
Ariel Tejada said Tuesday he started robbing people at age 16. The 23-year-old has pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in return for an 18-year prison sentence.
Defendant Lamont Pride said that he was trying to escape a robbery when he was confronted by a hooded man with a gun in his hand. He said that after a struggle, a shot went off.
A fellow officer described the gruesome discovery of NYPD Officer Peter Figoski’s body Tuesday, as the trial of the two men charged with Figoski’s murder continued in Brooklyn Supreme Court.
Surveillance video, a gun and graphic photos of a murder scene took center stage Monday at the trial of two suspects charged in the death of a New York City police officer.
Lamont Pride ambushed Officer Peter Figoski and shot him point-blank in the head on Dec. 12, 2011, while Figoski and his partner were responding to a burglary call in Brooklyn, prosecutors said.
All five suspect were formally arraigned. Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes said there will be no plea bargains and all five defendants will go to trial.
When asked how his union and other police officers would respond following such a tragic loss, PBA head Pat Lynch responded, saying they would “step in where Peter would have been” and “try to be the shoulder to cry on.”