Opening arguments begin in trial of accused NYPD cop killer

Posted at 9:45 AM, Jan 24, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-11 12:00:04-05

NEW YORK (PIX11) – It’ll be a sea of blue in court Thursday when a thug accused of gunning down a New York City cop goes before a judge.

Lamont Pride is the man investigators say confessed to shooting and killing 22 year veteran NYPD officer Peter Figoski.

The 27-year-old who was wanted for shooting a man in North Carolina at the time, initially told cops he went to buy weed in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn but he later came clean to investigators reveling he and his posse went out to rob a drug dealer on December 12, 2011.

The dealer lived in a dingy basement apartment, and a neighbor called cops after hearing banging and a commotion.   Figoski arrived on the scene as backup.

Cops say Pride has confessed to shooting the 47 year old father of four in the face as he arrived on the scene.   Pride reportedly told police he was clutching the 9mm gun and fell down at the bottom of the stairs.  Investigators say he told them that as he tried to get up the gun went off. In a written statement Pride said he never meant to kill a cop, but prosecutors say the shooting was intentional.

Pride was arrested by Figoski’s partner a few blocks from the scene. If convicted of the first degree murder of a cop he could spend the rest of his life behind bars.