Former NYPD rookie officer indicted for murder of longtime friend

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A former NYPD officer accused of gunning down his best friend in Long Island last year was indicted for second-degree murder on Friday.

Errick Allen, 28, was arraigned in Nassau County Court for the May 2020 shooting of Christopher Curro outside a Farmingdale home, State Attorney General James said in a press release.

Allen was off-duty when he allegedly shot Curro, 25, with his department-issued firearm. He was suspended and later fired by the NYPD.

“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.

Text messages indicated that the two men were having an argument before Allen allegedly blasted his longtime buddy five times at point blank range, including twice in the head, on the evening of May 12, 2020, according to court documents.

Allen, who had only been a cop for seven months at the time, claimed the killing was in self defense, saying he was attacked before opening fire.

Erick Allen (center) allegedly shot Curro five times, and faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted.
Dennis A. Clark
Curro was 25 years old when he was fatally shot by off duty NYPD officer Errick Allen.
Curro was 25 years old when he was fatally shot by off-duty NYPD officer Errick Allen.

He was remanded into custody at his arraignment and is due back in court on September 23. He faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted.

The Attorney General, under a 2015 executive order, handles all cases in which law enforcement is involved with the death of an unarmed civilian.

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