NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York City man charged with firing the shot that killed a police officer responding to a report of a break-in said in court papers he didn’t mean to fire the gun and he is sorry that it happened.

Lamont Pride and four others have pleaded not guilty in the death of Officer Peter Figoski. The 22-year veteran was killed responding as backup to a report of a break-in at a Brooklyn apartment.

1010 WINS Reporter Juliet Papa was at a Brooklyn courthouse

According to the court papers, Pride told officers that the gun went off accidentally and he wasn’t intending to fire. His attorney had no comment after a brief hearing Wednesday.

However, Pride has made several statements over a period of four days and in each one his story changed. Originally he told police that he was in the apartment to buy marijuana and that somebody else came in to rob the drug dealer. Eventually he admitted that he was there to commit the robbery and that the gun went off when he clenched his hand in surprise at the sight of a police officer.

Pride said that after firing his weapon he maneuvered around Figoski and ran away. In a statement to police he attempted to express remorse for what he had done.

“I’m, sorry for what I did. I didn’t mean for this to happen. I didn’t want to kill a cop. It went wrong and I’m sorry. I can’t take it back,” he said.

Pride’s hearing was packed with police officers, and PBA President Pat Lynch expressed the NYPD’s continuing grief over the loss of their fellow officer.

“New York City police officers are starting this year with sadness in their hearts,” Lynch said.

The statements by the other suspects blame Pride for the shooting and for hatching the plot to rob a drug dealer.

Was it an accident or did Pride pull the trigger with intent to kill? Let us know what you think in our comments section below…

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Comments (12)
  1. Rich says:

    Why is the n word blocked out in this section?

  2. hangemharry says:

    just another nigga pullin the trigga. he wanted a dime but he did a crime. he goin to the big house where he be actin like a mouse. he goin be squealing like a pig as he is invaded by a nig. he spending his life in genpop swingin a mop. boom-shaka-a-laka

    1. Peter says:

      Very well thought out.

  3. unknown says:

    I don’t buy that excuse, he’s full of crab

  4. utop says:

    well he said it was an that clears it up! he should be released now!

  5. Bill says:

    Maybe he does have remorse but he put himself in that situation.

  6. thor's hammer says:

    i’d love to sit on this sorry excuse for oxygen consumption on the planet’s jury. only thing i’m sorry about is there’s no death penalty. maybe it’ll be a 4 ft windowless cell with NO perks in prison for perps. no perks, no windows, minimal electricity, slot in the door for 2 meals a day. you robbed 4 girls of their dad for life, “sorry/i didn’t mean to do it” just doesn’t cut it. apology not accepted, nor forgiveness.

  7. vinster says:

    If you did not mean it and it was an accident, wouldn’t you stay with the officer and try to help him until EMS arrives. The only thing he is sorry about is getting caught.

  8. Bye says:

    hang em’

  9. J says:

    This is a true asshol piece of shyt. This poor family. Damn!!!

  10. mj says:

    patrick lynch is the biggest jerk in the world

    1. Antracmarine says:

      I second that.

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