A New York City police officer was arrested Thursday for allegedly killing a 25-year-old man last week in Farmingdale, according to the New York State Attorney General’s office.
Errick Allen, 26, of North Massapequa, was off-duty when he allegedly shot his lifelong friend, Christopher Curro, of West Babylon, during a struggle in the street in front of a Langdon Road home shortly after 8 p.m. May 12, authorities said. Allen was charged with second-degree murder.
“We trust our police officers to protect the safety of New Yorkers, but instead, this individual allegedly betrayed that duty to end another man’s life,” said Attorney General Letitia James, whose office serves as a special prosecutor in police-involved fatalities of unarmed civilians. “My office is committed to ensuring justice is served and that no individual is above the law.”
Allen is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday at Nassau County court. The rookie officer who recently graduated from the police academy was assigned to the 109th Precinct in Queens. The NYPD said Allen is suspended without pay.
“It started over a conversation that they were having,” Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder told WCBS. “They grew up together, somehow got into a disagreement … and that’s when the weapon was produced.”