Behind the Story: How USA TODAY pieced together a confidential FBI database to count fugitives who go free
Lamont Pride was a wanted man the day he fatally shot a New York City police officer during a 2011 robbery. Officials had already passed up opportunities to lock up Pride, who was wanted in connection with a North Carolina shooting. And when the fugitive appeared in a Brooklyn court on a drug charge, a judge aware of the warrant also decided to let him go. A few weeks later Officer Peter Figoski was dead.
USA TODAY reporter Brad Heath followed coverage of the high-profile case.
“This must be out of the ordinary,” Heath remembered thinking. “I wonder ...Read more ...