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Rookie cop Errick Allen, 27, of North Massapequa, was charged Thursday with second-degree murder in the May 12 shooting death of Christopher Curro, 25, of West Babylon.
The NYPD police officer arrested Thursday for fatally shooting his unarmed childhood friend last week in Farmingdale, allegedly shot the man five times with his service weapon, fled the scene and did not call 911, a prosecutor said Thursday.
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Allen shot Curro in the head on the evening of May 12, police have said. Nassau police officers responded to a 911 call around 8:05 p.m. for shooting on Langdon Road and found Curro’s body, police said. Curro, who worked as a pizza deliveryman, and Allen had both attended and graduated from Farmingdale High School.
Nassau Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder described the encounter between the men as beginning with a conversation and escalating to a physical struggle that ended with gunfire in a brief news briefing a day after the killing. But the department has declined to provide many details of the incident or explain why it took more than a week for Allen to be arrested.
Nassau District Court Judge Anthony Paradiso ordered Allen, who pleaded not guilty, held without bail during his arraignment Thursday afternoon. Criminal arraignments are being conducted viturally because of the coronavirus and Allen responded “yes, sir,” when asked by the judge if he consented to the proceeding.
“The defendant proceeded to fire five bullets into Christopher Curro’s body, including two into his head, one at an exceptionally close range and one into his neck,” said Assistant Attorney General Josh Gradinger., who is prosecuting the case. “Despite the fact that he was a police officer, the defendant didn’t stay at the scene…he He didn’t call 911.”
Gradinger did not present a motive for the killing but said Allen apparently returned to the shooting scene about a half-hour later and admitted to officers he had shot his friend and made the following statements to police officers: “I know him. He is my friend Chris Curro. …I shot him once in the head.”
Gradinger said Curro was “completely unarmed at the time of the killing” and in asking for Allen to be remanded told the judge: “The defendant shot an unarmed man at close range and he immediately fled the scene. This is essentially as serious as it gets, your honor.”