Second suspect acquitted in death of NYPD Detective Peter Figoski
BROOKLYN - The man accused of driving the getaway car on the night that a celebrated NYPD officer was fatally shot has been acquitted of all charges.
Michael Velez, 22, of Queens, was acquitted of two charges, burglary and second-degree murder.
Prosecutors had said he was one of five men who took part in a botched robbery that ended with the death of officer Peter Figoski, a father of four from West Babylon. Figoski was posthumously promoted to detective.
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Lamont Pride, the man prosecutors accused of shooting Figoski, was convicted of second-degree murder earlier this week.
Three other men are facing separate trials for their alleged roles in the crime.