Former New York City police officer charged with fatally shooting a Long Island friend.
A rookie New York City Police Department officer shot and murdered his boyhood friend in Long Island after an altercation devolved into violence, State Attorney General James said Friday, announcing an indictment for second-degree murder.
Errick Allen, 28, was arraigned in Nassau County Court for the May 2020 shooting outside a Farmingdale home while armed with his NYPD-issued revolver. Allen was not on duty at the time and has since been discharged from the New York Police Department.
“We rely on our police officers to ensure New Yorkers' safety, but this defendant allegedly violated that trust by using his service weapon to murder another man,” James said.
Allen and his suspected victim, Christopher Curro, 25, were lifetime friends, according to family members who spoke to the Daily News earlier. They used to have sleepovers at each other's houses when they were younger.
However, a disagreement between them escalated to the point where Allen shot his companion five times at close range, twice in the head, James said.
Allen claimed self-defense, despite the fact that Curro was unarmed. According to a neighbour near the murder scene, the altercation was over a woman. James mentioned text messages as evidence of the pair's disagreement, but did not elaborate.
Allen fled the site immediately but returned later in the evening. He'd been a police officer for less than seven months.
James is serving as a special prosecutor pursuant to a 2015 executive order evaluating her office's power in instances involving law enforcement deaths of civilians.
Allen was arraigned and remanded in Nassau County Court. Allen is scheduled to appear in court again on September 23.
He faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in jail.