A prosecutor said accused cop-killer Lamont Pride intentionally killed NYPD Det. Peter Figoski of West Babylon in an effort to escape, as the murder trial over the 2011 killing began Thursday in Brooklyn Supreme Court.
“He had two choices,” prosecutor Ken Taub told jurors as Figoski’s four daughters and dozens of uniformed NYPD officers looked on, staring daggers at Pride. “He could submit to the authorities . . . or he can use the 9 millimeter gun he has ready in his hand.”
Pride, 28, of North Carolina, is accused of shooting Figoski, 47, as the cop responded to a report of an attempted robbery of a drug dealer in East New York on Dec. 12, 2011. Pride’s defense is that Figoski, a 22-year NYPD veteran, was shot by accident as he collided with the fleeing Pride.
Taub told jurors that prosecutors have DNA evidence tying Pride to the murder weapon and video surveillance of him fleeing the scene, and have negotiated a plea deal giving one of Pride’s co-defendants, Ariel Tejada, 23, of Queens, a reduced sentence of 18 years in return for his testimony against Pride.
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