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Family, friends and coworkers mourn death of slain NYPD officer.
Police announced three more arrests in connection with a shooting that claimed the life of a 22-year NYPD veteran who responded as backup to a 911 call about a robbery in Brooklyn Monday morning.
The additional arrests Tuesday bring the number of arrests in the deadly shooting to four.
Police arrested Lamont Pride, 27, early Monday.
He is believed to be the man who shot officer Peter Figoski.
All four suspects are expected to be charged with second-degree murder in the shooting, which police now describe as a drug robbery conspiracy gone bad.
A fifth suspect is also in custody, but will not face a murder charge, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Tuesday.
Kelly said the group of five planned the robbery at the East New York basement apartment that was allegedly the home of a marijuana dealer.
They met first at a Queens apartment, he said, and then drove together to Brooklyn to carry out the plan.
"They planned to steal any cash and marijuana he had on hand," Kelly said.
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 the burglary.
Kelly said police are not looking for additional suspects in the case.
"It's a shockwave throughout the department when something like this happens," Kelly said. "It's a terrible tragedy for the officer's family and for the department as a whole. This is someone who put his life on the line, literally, every day, taken in such a tragic, sudden way."