A grand jury has indicted a former NYPD officer charged by state prosecutors last year with fatally shooting his childhood friend in Long Island.
Errick Allen, 28 of North Massapequa, was charged by a Nassau County grand jury in the death of Christopher Curro, who was killed in Farmingdale in May 2020, according to a press release issued Friday by New York Attorney General Letitia James. The grand jury indicted Allen over a year after James charged him with second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter, and second-degree menacing.
James said the incident had stemmed from an unspecified argument between Allen and Curro, as text message reviewed by investigators show. On the night of May 12th, 2020, James alleges Allen, who was off duty at the time, confronted Curro in a wooded area in Farmingdale and used his NYPD-issued firearm to shoot Curro five times, including twice in the head. Curro, who was reportedly unarmed, died at the scene. Allen took off from the scene, according to prosecutors, but returned a half hour after Curro had died.
Prosecutors said Allen had admitted to officers that Curro was “my friend […] I shot him once in the head.”
Allen was arrested by Nassau County Police. The NYPD suspended him, but fired him shortly after.
“We trust our police officers to protect the safety of New Yorkers, but instead, this defendant allegedly betrayed that duty and used his service weapon to end another man’s life,” James said in a written statement.
Newsday reported Allen had been remanded into custody after a jury revoked his bail. Allen’s attorney, Anthony La Pinta, did not immediately return a request for comment.
La Pinta reportedly said that the killing happened in self defense, though Curro’s stepmother told the New York Post disputed that claim.
“He got shot twice in the head, twice in the neck, and once in the shoulder,” said the stepmother. “That’s not self defense.”
Allen, whose bail had been reportedly revoked, is due back in court on September 23rd.