NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The trial of two men charged with the murder of a New York City police officer began Thursday in Brooklyn.
The fallen officer’s daughter, Caitlyn Figoski, left the courtroom briefly after feeling ill.
“When you have to sit in this courtroom and hear so graphically what happened that night and be placed in that dingy basement where that life was taken, you can imagine the emotion that swells up, how terrible it must feel,” Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association president Pat Lynch told CBS 2’s Tony Aiello.
Pride, 28, along with Michael Velez, 22, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in connection with Figoski’s death.
Prosecutors said Pride ambushed Figoski and shot him point-blank in the head on Dec. 12, 2011, while the officer and his partner were responding to a burglary call in Brooklyn.
According to the court papers, Pride told officers that the gun went off accidentally and he wasn’t intending to fire.