5 men arraigned in NYPD officer’s shooting death

December 14, 2011 • National News

This undated photo provided by the New York City Police Dept. shows Officer Peter Figoski, who was shot in the face and killed early Monday morning, Dec. 12, 2011, while responding to a report of a break-in at a Brooklyn apartment. Figoski was pronounced dead at 7:17 a.m. at a hospital just hours after the shooting, authorities said. (AP Photo/NYPD)

NEW YORK (AP) — A convict accused in the cold-blooded slaying of a New York Police Department officer during a botched robbery already was wanted in a non-fatal shooting in North Carolina but remained on the streets because arrest warrants didn’t require his return there, NYPD officials said Tuesday.

The shooting suspect, Lamont Pride, was arraigned late Tuesday on a first-degree murder charge in the officer’s killing. He appeared in court shackled and didn’t speak. Later, four other men accused of being involved were arraigned on second-degree murder charges. All were jailed without bail.

Arguing for no bail, prosecutor Kenneth Taub said the five men had plotted to “commit a home invasion of a small-time marijuana dealer.” He referred to Pride as the “muscle of the organization” and said the defendant “made a choice to end the officer’s life rather than be arrested.”

Another of the defendants, Nelson Morales, was described as the Login to read more

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