NEW YORK (PIX11)—The 27-year old suspect accused of fatally shooting NYPD Officer, Peter Figoski, in the face had a rap sheet from New York to North Carolina.
Lamont Pride--who was trying to flee a basement robbery in Cypress Hills--was most recently living in the Marlboro Houses in Coney Island, Brooklyn....13 miles from where, detectives say, he fired off one shot, using a 9mm semi-automatic Ruger, at Officer Figoski at close range, on Pine Street in Cypress Hills.
When PIX 11 went to the Marlboro Houses city project in Coney Island, we found four plainclothes officers staking out the 5th floor of one building on Avenue V, near West 8th Street. Outside, we met up with one Marlboro Houses resident who said he wasn't surprised the suspect came from this location. "I know the type of reputation these buildings have, so I'm not surprised," Daury Rodriguez observed to PIX. "On weekends, there are shoot-outs, robbery, and drug dealing."
Mayor Bloomberg lamented the suspect was using an illegally-purchased semi-automatic. Another Marlboro Houses resident, Edwin Vasquez, noted: "People always get illegal anything. It could be guns, it could be drugs, you can get anything."
On Monday, the suspect was being held in the very same 75th Precinct where the victim, Officer Figoski, spent his entire, 22 year police career. The officer leaves behind four daughters.