According to newly released court documents, Lamont Pride confessed to the murder and apologized on his way to Central Booking:
I'm sorry for what I did. I didn't mean for this to happen. I didn't want to kill a cop. It went wrong and I'm sorry. I can't take it back
Pride, a 27-year old with a history of criminal offenses, is being charged with first-degree murder for what Mayor Bloomberg deemed a "horrible, depraved, criminal attack."
In December, Figoski and his partner Glenn Estrada were answering a 911 call in the Cypress Hills neighborhood of Brooklyn, after the owner of a building at 25 Pine Street heard two burglars, one of whom was Pride, outside his basement door.
Pride originally told officials that he was in the building to purchase marijuana, but he later admitted to planning the robbery of a drug dealer who lived in the building.
Still hiding in the house and attempting to escape, Pride allegedly shot Figoski in the face, ultimately killing him during the botched robbery. According to the police documents, Pride first claimed it was Figoski's own gun that that killed him. He later confessed, "I was scared. I clutched both hands. This fires the gun."
During Figoski's 22 years of service, he had been awarded 12 medals and made more than 200 arrests.