Gun used in NY cop’s murder traced to Colonial Heights pawnshop

Posted at 2:08 PM, Dec 15, 2011

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VA (WTVR) - The gun used in the murder of a New York police officer Monday was traced to a Colonial Heights pawnshop.

However, NYPD Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the 9-mm Ruger that killed Officer Peter Figoski was stolen.

"Through the course of our investigation, we were able to establish the gun used in officer Figoski's death had been sold by a pawn shop in Colonial Heights, Virginia in 1999," said Kelly.

However, it remains unclear how 27-year-old suspected cop killer Lamont Pride, one of five arrested in connection with Figoski's murder, got the gun.

Police are also performing ballistic tests to see if the same gun was used in an armed robbery in North Carolina in which Pride is also a suspect.In the past, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg targeted Virginia gun dealers, saying straw purchases in the Commonwealth were accountable for some of the city's to rampant crime.

However, Dominion Shooting Range Employee Eric Zachman said the pawnshop did nothing wrong since Pride could not be the gun's original owner.

"You can't buy a gun at 15, you can't be in possession at 15," said Zachman, "The math doesn't add up."

Additionally, Zachman said the judicial system bears some responsibility.

"The firearm was stolen, so to point the finger at a gun shop that did background checks is absurd," said Zachman. "It's not the responsibility of the gun shop if it's stolen."

The owner of Dances Sporting Goods did not want to comment about the purchase. The owner said neither law enforcement nor the district attorney's office have contacted them.

The ATF is working to determine the gun's history.