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Man arraigned in NYPD officer's shooting death

By Tom Hays

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 13 2011 5:26 p.m. MST

This photo provided by the New York City Police Dept. shows a semi-automatic pistol recovered by police after Officer Peter Figoski 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's partner chased down shooting suspect Lamont Pride, 27, who was arrested near where the gun was later found. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an outspoken advocate for gun control, said the gun was purchased illegally and reiterated his plea for stricter gun laws around the country.

NYPD, Associated Press

NEW YORK — A man accused of the cold-blooded slaying of a New York Police Department officer has been ordered held without bail.

Lamont Pride appeared in court shackled late Tuesday. He didn't speak in court. His co-defendants are awaiting arraignment.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly says they face murder charges.

New York police say Officer Peter Figoski was killed early Monday during a botched armed robbery by Pride and four other men of a marijuana dealer living in a basement apartment in Brooklyn. They say Pride 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.

There was no answer to calls at a Greensboro, N.C., address where Pride told police he lived, and no phone is listed for a Brooklyn home.

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