NYPD Officer Randolph Holder died after he was shot in the head Tuesday night while chasing a robbery suspect in East Harlem. According to Commissioner William J. Bratton, this is the fourth NYPD officer trilled in the line of duty in the past 11 months.
Officer Holder was responding to a report of armed robbery, the victim told Holder and his partner that his bike was stolen at gunpoint. The two officers saw a suspect riding a bike on a pedestrian overpass, that’s is h Holder and his partner indicated they were chasing several suspects and the exchange of gunfire began. Officer Holder was shot in the head and died a few hours later in a local hospital.
The suspect of the shooting was arrested four blocks away, and is in hospital with gunshot wounds in his leg. He is expected to be released to police custody Wednesday morning, Bratton said. Police took three other men into custody for questioning on their possible involvement.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, in a late-night news conference, said the city is in mourning.
“We are fighting to understand the loss of a man who did so much, cared so much, dedicated so much to protecting others,” he said.
“An immigrant who wanted to give back to his city and his country.”
Holder was a third generation police officer who joined the force in 2010 Originally from Guyana, he was 33 years old.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family.