GREENSBORO, N.C. — Greensboro Police issued a statement Tuesday after the NYPD commissioner said a Greensboro man suspected of shooting and killing an officer should have been extradited.
Lamont Pride, 27, wanted in connection with an Aug. 5 shooting on South Holden Road, was arrested in New York City on Nov. 3 for possession of a controlled substance.
He was released from custody in New York on Nov. 9, said Susan Danielsen, Greensboro Police spokeswoman.
On Monday, Pride was arrested on charges that he shot and killed NYPD Officer Peter Figoski, 47, a 22-year veteran of the force. Four others were taken into custody on Tuesday, but Pride is still alleged to be the shooter.
In a Tuesday afternoon news conference, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said Pride “should not have been on the streets” of New York for Monday’s shooting.
“He should ideally have been extradited to North Carolina, but that did not happen,” Kelly said.
Warrants in connection with the South Holden Road shooting were obtained on Sept. 23 and Sept. 26, and they were entered into the national extradition database at that time, Danielsen said.
Both warrants were initially for in-state extradition only, as police and the county district attorney felt Pride was not a flight risk, Danielsen said.
Danielsen said they were not made aware of the arrest in New York until Nov. 8, and Greensboro Police and the county district attorney’s office changed the extradition to nationwide status that same afternoon.
However, sources told the New York Daily News that the NYPD contacted North Carolina authorities twice to press them to change the warrant, but they refused.
Danielsen said Greensboro Police had called the NYPD and the King County District Attorney to alert them of the extradition change. It does not say in Danielsen’s statement exactly when those calls took place.
Kelly said Pride also was arrested by NYPD in September for possession of a knife. Danielsen did not mention that arrest in Tuesday’s statement.
Danielsen said Greensboro Police are mourning Figoski’s passing and added this statement:
Members of the Greensboro Police Department join law enforcement officers across the nation in expressing our deepest sympathy on the loss of New York City Police Officer Peter Figoski. We are saddened by his tragic death, and deeply mourn the loss of one of our brother officers.