Police Officer Peter Figoski New York City Police Department, New York End of Watch: Monday, December 12, 2011

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Police Officer Peter Figoski

New York City Police Department, New York
End of Watch: Monday, December 12, 2011

Biographical Info

Age: 47
Tour of Duty: 22 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: December 12, 2011
Weapon Used: Handgun
Suspect Info: 1 apprehended; 1 at large

Agency Contact Information

Commissioner Raymond Kelly
New York City Police Department
1 Police Plaza
Room 1320
New York, NY 10038
Phone: (646) 610-6700

Police Officer Peter Figoski was shot and killed while responding to a robbery call on Pine Street, in Brooklyn, at approximately 2:00 am.
Officer Figoski and his partner responded to a call of a home invasion robbery. When they arrived two officers were on the scene interviewing the victim and a witness. Unknown to the officers the robbery suspects were still inside the basement apartment hiding. The two suspects then attempted to flee from the apartment and one suspect engaged in a struggle with Officer Figoski’s partner. The second suspect then appeared and shot Officer Figoski in the head. Officer Figoski’s partner, upon hearing the shot and seeing the armed male fleeing, broke From from the first suspect and pursued the gunman on foot, apprehended him after a two block foot chase.
The second suspect fled and remains at large.
Officer Figoski was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where he died from his wound.
Officer Figoski had served with the New York City Police Department for 22 years and was assigned to the 75th Precinct. He is survived by his four daughters.

Officer Shot and Killed in Brooklyn

A veteran police officer died Monday after he was shot in the face at the scene of a home robbery in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn, by a career criminal in what Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg called a “horrible, depraved criminal attack.”

The officer, Peter Figoski, 47, of West Babylon, N.Y., was taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center but died shortly after 7 a.m. One suspect, Lamont Pride, 27, of Brooklyn, has been arrested, and another is being sought.

The shooting happened around 2:20 a.m. at 25 Pine Street on a quiet block of two- and three-story row houses near the Queens border. Mr. Bloomberg said that Officer Figoski, who had worked for the Police Department for 22 years, and his partner, Glenn Estrada, had interrupted a home invasion where “two perpetrators were attacking the person who lived in the downstairs apartment, apparently looking for money.”

The police had been summoned to the home by a 911 call of a possible burglary, according to the police. The owner of 25 Pine Street, who lives on the first and second floors, reported hearing what he was thought was a break-in in a basement apartment, where a 25-year-old man lived, according to Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly.

Two officers who arrived at the home first found a robbery victim and a neighbor in the basement apartment, Mr. Kelly said. Mr. Pride and another suspect had tried to flee out the back of the home, but were unable and hid in a side room, as the two officers walked past them.

Guilford County, N.C., sheriff’s officeLamont Pride, the accused shooter of Officer Figoski, in a North Carolina arrest photo.

They then tried to leave through the front door, and the police said that is when Mr. Pride shot Officer Figoski, who was at the bottom of the stairs that led from the street to the basement apartment.

The officer’s partner, Officer Estrada, was outside the home struggling with the second suspect. When he heard the gunshot, he let go of the suspect and chased after Mr. Pride, capturing him several blocks away at the corner of Fulton and Chestnut Streets.

The police said they found a silver 9-millimeter Ruger semiautomatic pistol under a parked car near where Mr. Pride was arrested and said it appeared that one round had been discharged. Mr. Pride has five prior arrests and was wanted in North Carolina on a warrant for aggravated assault, Mr. Kelly said.

The tenant of the basement apartment, according to Mr. Kelly, said he heard the two suspects pounding on his door and then going inside. The tenant said the two men claimed to be police officers and demanded money and jewelry. They knocked the tenant down, and one of the men hit him in the head with a gun.

The tenant said the assailants stole a cheap watch and $700 in cash. The tenant was being treated at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center.

Officer Figoski, a father of four daughters and the brother of a retired city police officer, was shot with an illegal semiautomatic weapon, Mr. Bloomberg said. He had made over 200 arrests, nearly half of them felony arrests, Mr. Kelly said. He worked his entire career at the 75th Precinct, one of the city’s most crime-ridden.

At the station house, on Sutter Avenue in East New York, grieving officers hung black and purple bunting over the entrance Monday morning. Police officers, detectives and marshals from all across the city were descending on the precinct to lend their services. They were not with the 75th usually, one marshal said, “but we are today.”

Just before noon behind Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, more than 100 officers formed a “walkout” — a human barricade to partly block the view of onlookers — as Officer Figoski’s body was taken out and loaded into an ambulance to be taken to the medical examiner’s office.

Some of the officer’s relatives arrived. The gathered officers saluted. The ambulance drove off. Afterward, many of the officers hugged and patted each other on the back. Teary-eyed relatives were loaded into a black van that followed the ambulance.

“This is not something you ever get used to,” said Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association. “There has to be guns taken off the street. If this killer could have, he would have continued shooting. But it only took one round and it took one great life.”

Officer Figoski’s partner, Officer Estrada, was treated at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center for a sprained shoulder.

Seth Wenig/Associated PressPolice officers stand near a home in the Cypress Hills section of Brooklyn where a police officer was fatally shot on Monday morning as he responded to a report of a home invasion.

On Pine Street, Stephanie Vargas, 25, said her daughter’s father rented an upstairs room in the building where the home invasion occurred. She said several other people lived in building. Ms. Vargas said she had been trying to reach her child’s father all morning. “They’re not letting me talk to him,” she said. “He’s not answering his phone. They’re not letting me go see him.”

Vivian Sanchez, 55, who has been living on Pine Street across the street from the home where the shooting took place, said she was awakened by the sound of a gunshot early Monday.

“I just heard a gunshot and that was it,” Ms. Sanchez said. “I knew somebody got shot. People get shot all the time.”

Ms. Sanchez said she had lived in the neighborhood for seven years. “I’m always inside the house,” she said. “I don’t know what goes on at night. I’m too scared. I got robbed and mugged already. I never come outside. It’s not safe.”

One man who lives near the shooting scene and who refused to provide his name described wakening to the sound of police activity early Monday. “They were running back and forth looking for him with their sirens on,’’ the man said, referring to the suspect responsible for shooting Officer Figoski.

Sigfrido Santana, 61, who has lived in the neighborhood since 1979, described the area surrounding the shooting scene as “relatively quiet.”

“You still got your thugs,” he said, “but that’s everywhere you go.’’

Figoski had more than 200 arrests in his career and had been awarded 12 medals, including 8 for exceptional police duty.


4 Responses to “Police Officer Peter Figoski New York City Police Department, New York End of Watch: Monday, December 12, 2011”

  1. 1 Angelina December 12, 2011 at 18:47

    My father is also a NYC Police Officer like Peter Figoski was. It scares me every day knowing that something so awful like this could happen to my dad as well. Like Peter Figoski’s daughters, I can relate to dealing with the fear of having a father who risks his life everyday for the city of New York. Today his daughters’ worst nightmare came true and my deepest condolences go out to the Figoski family and friends. Rest in Peace Peter Figoski, never will forget his services as a great police officer of NYC.

    • 2 themunz December 12, 2011 at 21:03

      I served my time on the street as well. I lived for my family as I am sure your dad does as well. It is part of who we are and what we believe in. Support him, honor and support what he does and let him know that you are proud of him every day. I know in the end, your dad does what he does to make the community a better place for you to live in just as I did for my family.

      St. Michael Patron Saint Of Police Officers - Protect  us.

  2. 3 KAren December 16, 2011 at 14:31

    I am the sister of a retired cop and know the feeling also. The first night he did not come home I thought the worst. I am grateful he came home unlike Peter Figosi who did not. Peter sacrificed his life for the love of his city. Althought I have not seen Peter in years I knew him as a child whrn he came to visit his grandparents who lived next for to me.

  3. 4 lee December 24, 2011 at 18:42

    Pete, our prayers are with you and your family, god takes the best people first. Thank you for your service and dedication to keeping us safe. Pete, you are a true hero and when kids think the heros are athletes I tell them that the true heros are the police and firefighters.

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