NYPD officer killed in East Harlem shooting

Posted by on October 21, 2015
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MANHATTAN, N.Y. — An NYPD officer was shot and killed on Tuesday night as he interrupted an apparent robbery in East Harlem.

Officer Randolph Holder, 33-years-old, arrived at the scene with his partner at East 102nd Street and the Harlem River Drive at approximately 9 p.m. He was shot in the head when the gunman opened up fire as the officers pulled up in their unmarked police vehicle.

Holder was taken to Harlem Hospital in “very critical” condition and died there, sources said. His family was by his side.

A short time later, a man with a bullet wound to the leg was found along 125th Street. Police are looking to see whether the man is the suspect or another victim, a senior police official said, citing preliminary investigation.

Officer Holder was a five-year veteran of the NYPD and worked in the anti-crime unit of PSA no. 5, a command that polices New York City Public Housing developments in East Harlem and Harlem. Holder came from a family of police officers.

Officer Holder, a native of Guyana, is a third-generation police officer. Both his father and grandfather were police officers.

Holder is the fourth New York Police officer killed in the line of duty in the last 11 months.

From New York Post:

The bike-riding gunman led cops on a chase up First Avenue and then over a footbridge at 120th Street over the FDR Drive.

Once the suspect made it over to the water side, there was an exchange of gunfire and the cop was struck in the forehead, sources said.

The officer’s partner returned fire, striking the gunman in the leg and buttocks. The wounded shooter was apprehended at 125th Street.

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