NYPD Cop Killer Freed Last Month
POSTED: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 2:24pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 2:24pm
Man accused of murdering officer freed in NYC despite being wanted in North Carolina.
The man accused of shooting and killing a 22-year NYPD veteran officer in East New York early Monday was released by a judge after a drug arrest in Coney Island last month, despite an outstanding warrant in North Carolina for a violent shooting in that state.
Officer Peter Figoski, a 47-year-old father of four daughters, died at the hospital at about 7:15 a.m. Monday, hours after he was shot in the face while responding as backup to a burglary call in East New York.
Authorities have arrested Lamont Pride, of Coney Island, for the shooting of the officer.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Pride, 27, was wanted for aggravated assault in North Carolina.
In that case, Greensboro, North Carolina police said he was one of three men involved in a dispute that led to a shooting on August 5.
Pride was arrested several other times, including November 3rd in Coney Island for a drug charge in an apartment.
A child was also present at the time, and Pride was charged with drug possession and endangering the welfare of child, both misdemeanors.
When police ran his rap sheet that day, the report came back just minutes later that he was wanted for the North Carolina felonies.
When he was arraigned the next day in Brooklyn criminal court, the judge released him.
According to a transcript from the arraignment, the prosecutor told Brooklyn Criminal Court Judge Evelyn LaPorte, "Lamont Pride has an outstanding warrant in North Carolina for a shooting."
Without asking any serious follow-up questions about that warrant, LaPorte said, "I'm not going to set bail," and released Pride on his own recognizance.
Standard practice for suspects with outstanding warrants is to hold them without bail until the warrant issue is resolved.
In this case, the warrant also indicated he could be "armed with a handgun."
Court spokesman David Bookstaver said "it's unclear why the judge let him go."