The four daughters who lost their father in aÂ brutal 2011 shooting appeared in court today, as the trial for his allegedÂ shooter began today.
NYPD detective Peter Figoski was shot dead byÂ Lamont Pride in the dangerous Brooklyn neighborhood of East New York twoÂ Decembers ago, prosecutors allege.
One of the slain cop’s daughters, CaitlynÂ Figoski, had to leave the courtroom at one point as the jury heard in gruesomeÂ detail how Pride allegedly shot him in the face at close range.
The New York Daily News reports that the young woman nearly fainted and neededÂ assistance from her mother, Paulette, to exit; the distressed blonde did notÂ return until opening statements were nearly over.
The opening statements are being held todayÂ in Brooklyn Criminal Court.
Both Pride and Michael Velez are facingÂ murder charges in Figoski’s death. Police say that the two were attempting toÂ rob the home of a suspected drug dealer, NY1 reports.
Pride confessed to shooting the officer outÂ of panic as officers arrived on scene; Velez is accused of driving the getawayÂ car.
According to the New York Post,Â Figoski’s widow and four daughters were present in theÂ courtroom, joined by his brothers in blue.
Each appeared somber-faced as they listenedÂ to the trial proceedings.
NY1Â reports thatÂ one of the alleged accomplices, Ariel Tejada, cut a dealÂ to testify againstÂ Pride and Velez in exchange for a lighter sentencing.
During his 22-year career in the force, heÂ earned12 medals and made more than 200 arrests.
He was posthumously promoted to detective,Â first-class.
Figoski’s top priority was always hisÂ daughters and it was widely known he put off retirement to ensure he had enoughÂ money to put them all through college.
His funeral drew up to 20,000 policeÂ officers, family members, and friends to the church in Long Island where theÂ girls and their father were all baptized.
There are also four alleged accomplices:Â Nelson Morales, 27, who is accused of being the ringleader; Ariel Tejada, 22;Â alleged getaway driver Michael Velez, 21, and 30-year-old ex-con Kevin Santos,Â were also indicted in the slaying.
They are accused of trying to stealÂ from aÂ marijuana dealer in a basement apartment in the notoriouslyÂ dangerous BrooklynÂ neighborhood of East New York.
When they allegedly broke in and beganÂ beating the dealer, a neighbour called 911.
Figoski and his partner were providing backupÂ to two officers when Pride and another man tried to flee, policeÂ said.
During a struggle between his partner and oneÂ of the suspects, Mr Figoski came face-to-face with Pride, who allegedly shot himÂ before the officerÂ could draw his own weapon. He died in hospital hoursÂ later.