Lamont Pride, Greensboro man, found guilty of killing NYC officer

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Left: Officer Peter Figoski. Right: Lamont Pride. (WPIX/Greensboro PD)

NEW YORK — A jury has found a Greensboro man guilty of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a New York City police officer.

Lamont Pride was charged more than a year ago in the December 2011 shooting death of Officer Peter Figoski.

According to CBSNewYork, Pride was also convicted of aggravated manslaughter and first-degree burglary.

The New York Daily News reports Pride faces 25 years to life at his sentencing.

Prosecutors said Pride and four others planned to rob a drug dealer who was living in a basement apartment in Brooklyn when their plot was interrupted by police.

Pride shot Figoski in the head during a face-to-face encounter.  The suspect was then apprehended by Figoski’s partner.

Figoski was undercover at the time and never drew his weapon, prosecutors said.

Defense attorneys argued Pride was smoking marijuana in the apartment that was targeted in the robbery.  In a video shown to jurors, he said he hid behind a boiler before attempting to escape.  He said Figoski was wearing a hooded sweatshirt when he confronted him in the stairwell, at which point a struggle ensued and Pride’s gun went off.

The alleged getaway driver, Michael Velez, is currently facing trial.  He and two other suspects in the case have all pleaded not guilty.  The other two suspects have not yet stood trial.

A fifth suspect, Ariel Tejada, testified against the others as part of a plea deal.

Figoski is survived by four daughters.  More than 15,000 mourners gathered for the officer’s funeral and a scholarship fund was raised to help pay for the education of his daughters.

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