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Jury gets case in NYPD officer's shooting death

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Jurors will get the case of a man accused of shooting a New York City police officer during a botched robbery.

Lamont Pride was accused of murder in the death of Officer Peter 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.

As Pride tried to escape, he came face-to-face with Figoski, who was struck once in the head. He died later at a hospital.

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Pride's lawyer says he didn't intentionally shoot the officer. 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. Jurors are expected to being deliberating Thursday.

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