“All of a sudden, immediately behind Glen a shot goes off.”
It took only minutes for Brooklyn prosecutor Kenneth Taub to describe the sound of death in the opening statements of the trial of Lamont Pride.
The career thug is charged with murdering NYPD Officer Peter Figoski in December 2011.
The 47-year-old veteran officer is alleged to have been ambushed with a single round from Pride’s illegal handgun after responding to a botched robbery at a reputed drug house in Cypress Hill. The bullet went straight through his head and came out his neck.
Figoski’s four daughters along with several of New York’s Finest were inside the packed courtroom on the second floor of Brooklyn Supreme Court. Outside, PBA President Pat Lynch did not pull any of his punches, when attacking the defendant’s case.
“This was no accident. Each one of these mopes that participated in the death of this hero police officer and father should be behind bars for the rest of their life,” Lynch said.
Pride was arrested by Figoski’s partner, Officer Glenn Estrada. He was able to capture Pride after putting his own life on the line while chasing him down.
After a furious manhunt — five were arrested and each are being tried separately. One of the suspects, Ariel Tejada, will be testifying against the alleged trigger man.