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.READ MORE: Dr. Fauci Says He 'Would Not Be Surprised' If Omicron COVID Variant Is Already In U.S.
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.