Tuesday, December 13, 2011

NYPD: Five To Be Charged In Crime That Ended Brooklyn Officer's Life

Police have made four more arrests in connection with the shooting death of a city police officer in Brooklyn.

Investigators say five people in total are now in custody and that charges are pending.

That includes the man seen in a surveillance video walking away from the scene in Cypress Hills yesterday morning.

Police believe he was involved in the burglary that Officer Peter Figoski, 47, and his partner were responding to.

Figoski was shot at the scene and later died.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says police are not looking for any other suspects in Figoski's death.

Among those arrested are two people who came into the apartment after the shooting.

Police say the men were posing as concerned neighbors but police now believe they were involved in the alleged burglary.

A suspected getaway driver was also taken into custody.

Lamont Pride, 27, is facing murder charges.

He is expected to be arraigned later this afternoon.

NYPD spokesman Paul Browne says Pride has made statements implicating himself as the gunman.

Investigators say Pride had 10 prior arrests and an outstanding warrant for his arrest for his alleged involvement in the shooting of a man in North Carolina.

Pride was arrested on drug charges in Brooklyn back on November 3, but was released because the warrant from North Carolina did not allow for him to be extradited.

Officer Figoski, who lived in West Babylon, NY, leaves behind four daughters.

Neighbors who spoke with reporters Monday say they are distraught.

"A very good neighbor, you know, we'd always wave to each other and I always felt I could knock on his door if I needed something," said one neighbor.

"My jaw dropped to my knees, I just...I was in shock about it, I couldn't believe it. It's just not right that a family man has to go this way," said another.

Figoski was a 22-year veteran of the force who made more than 200 arrests in his career.

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