NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Prosecutors have argued that Lamont Pride was in the midst of robbing a small-time drug dealer before shooting a veteran NYPD officer in the face.
But the jury in the ongoing murder trial for Det. Peter Figoski heard in a videotaped statement from Pride after he was apprehended that painted a different picture.
On the tape shown to jurors, Pride claimed that he was smoking marijuana in the apartment that was robbed and nervously hid behind a boiler. He said that he was trying to escape when he was confronted by a hooded man with a gun in his hand. Pride said that after a struggle, a shot went off.
That hooded man turned out to be Officer Figoski who was killed without drawing his weapon WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reports.