Skip to comments.Hero NYPD cop Peter Figoski shot & killed by robber in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn
Posted on 12/12/2011 8:49:54 PM PST by EinNYC
A manhunt was under way Monday for the gunman's accomplice after a highly decorated NYPD officer was shot in the face and killed responding to a Brooklyn robbery.
Police released an image of the man who fled the scene after his cohort gunned down 22-year veteran cop Peter Figoski, 47, firing a bullet into the cops left cheek at close range.
The alleged shooter, a career criminal, was swiftly chased down and busted but the other man managed to escape cops and was still on the lam, officials said.
A $10,000 cash reward was offered for anyone providing information leading to his arrest and conviction by Citizens Outraged at Police Being Shot, also known as COP SHOT.
Figoski, who worked in Brooklyns 75th Precinct, was shot at the bottom of a staircase leading from a basement apartment at 25 Pine St. in Cypress Hills to the street, according to police.
Figoski had been awarded 12 medals, including eight for exceptional police duty, and made more than 200 arrests in his career.
Figoskis family, including his former wife and two teenage daughters, rushed to Jamaica Hospital, where they met with a somber Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly after the 2:15 a.m. shooting.
The deceased officer has two more daughters, ages 20 and 18, who are at college upstate and a brother who is retired from the Police Department.
Im a father of two myself and having to tell kids of any age what happened to their father or mother is without a doubt the hardest thing any mayor has to do, Bloomberg said at an early morning news conference at the hospital with Kelly.
The two older sisters arrived at the hospital in a silver Dodge Charger with flashing lights shortly after 10:30 a.m. where they were told the grim news, sources said.
As the family left Jamaica Hospital with Figoskis body, more than 100 uniformed and non-uniformed officers gathered in a semi-circle at a rear exit to salute their fallen colleague.
Many had worked alongside Figoski at the 75th Precinct and they bowed their heads, cried and hugged each other.
The fallen officers body was loaded into an FDNY truck and taken to the medical examiners office as the family climbed into a waiting black van.
Only in New York.
Condolences to the family of this fine officer.
This is how ...
Publicly identify the cop-killer, then waterboard him for the name of the other perp.
I can’t believe the shooter wasn’t killed “resisting arrest”.
Are you sure you really want to know? Because the SOS happens here in St. Louis and I suspect in every major and minor metro area.
Ok here goes. The War on Drugs has created a huge black market business that employs everyone from the street corner lookout to Supreme Court Justices, and everything in between including too many police officers. You have permanently employed attorneys, prosecutor, defense, and judge, whose entire existence is to keep the gravy train rolling and KEEP THESE ANIMALS IN CIRCULATION. Here in Missouri we have this wonderful little thing called a SIS, or Suspended Imposition of Sentence, which they hand out like candy, even for a first time armed robbery. It’s not a felony conviction, but just another sentencing “gimmick” worked out to allow the mostly minority offenders to stay out of correctional facilities and to appease the various alphabet civil rights groups. It has done nothing but get more citizens killed, injured or robbed of their property because THEY...WON’T...IMPRISON...THESE...SOB’s. I have seen HUNDREDS of violent offenders who have double digit FELONY arrests and are still walking the streets, laughing at the injustice system and just keep on victimizing the public.
That’s even before civil rights groups threaten legal action against sitting judges and prosecutors if they even deign to drop serious charges and jailtime against minorities, who incidentally make up 90 percent of all documented drug gang members in this nation. Gang members whose primary purpose for existing is to perpetuate the War on Drugs for their own profit.
Because the drug market is uncontrolled, we have a permanent underclass of citizens who will do anything to get the funds to get high, to include shooting decorated police officers in the face. With the great availability and low cost of heroin, which is now the new crack, but even worse because it goes across ALL race lines, you are going to see an upswing in violence and property crime.
The Feds even moved the mandated sentencing guidelines for crack cocaine to that a person had to have an ounce of it to get a five year hitch. Very, very few people are walking around with that in their pocket and thus it becomes an unprosecutable crime. It was changed because of the racial disparity in sentencing based on the weight. Instead of bringing powder down to five grams like crack, they raised crack up. I worked drugs and gangs for five years in the St. Louis area, and I can count on one hand how many times I saw an ounce or more of “stone”. Most dealers don’t roll like that and they just won’t give up who is. Why should they, they themselves are only going to get the above SIS.
The WOD has cause more continuing violence and erosion of our Constitutional Rights than any other source. The 4th Amendment has had holes shot in it because of it. Their are fed agencies that are, knowingly or not, attempting to subvert the 2nd Amendment rights under the guise of the drug war. Innocent citizens and my colleagues are getting killed regularly because of the drug war and faith in government to deal with the problem is abyssmal. The violence is so bad, that more and more citizens feel they MUST carry a firearm just to go through everyday life and this come in conflict with overreaching government full of those who wish to slap more restrictions and controls on firearms.
What’s the answer? Either you make dopedealing a life offense, period, or you legalize it and distribute it free to whoever wants it at specific designated clinics with the caveat that all usage be on site. This puts the drug gangs out of business, cuts down on the violence associated with it, the property crimes associated with it, and it restores the Constitution and the growth of industries whose primary focus is to provide equipment for the police to use in the WOD. It would also do away with the claims, real or percieved, of racial profiling.
The downside? The above mentioned alphabet civil rights groups are NEVER going to acquiesce to LIFE WOPP (Without Possibility of Parole) for the many minorities it would no doubt snare.
The legalization alternative would greatly increase overdose deaths but the crime rate drops precipitously, with a huge reduction in operational government cost and less intrusive government.
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