Guilty Verdict Reached In NYPD Officer’s Shooting Death

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The jury reached a verdict Monday in trial of a man accused of shooting a New York City police officer during a botched robbery.

Lamont Pride was found guilty of second-degree murder and aggravated manslaughter in the death of officer Peter Figoski. But he was found not guilty of the top count of aggravated murder, meaning jurors did not believe he inentionally fired the shots that killed Figoski.

Prosecutors say Pride and four others plotted to rob a drug dealer who lived in a shabby basement apartment in Brooklyn, but they were interrupted by police.
Authorities say that as Pride tried to escape, he came face-to-face with Figoski. The officer was struck in the head and died at a hospital.

The case against another suspect, Michael Velez, is still being heard by a second jury. Two others will be tried later.

A fifth suspect, Ariel Tejada, testified against the others.

(Source: WABC)