NYPD Officer Fatally Shot While Persuing Suspect in East Harlem

NYPD Officer Fatally Shot While Persuing Suspect in East Harlem

The suspect opened fire on the officer while on bicycle.

Published October 21, 2015

An NYPD housing officer was fatally shot in the head after responding to a call in East Harlem late Tuesday night. Randolph Holder, 33, had been a member of the force since 2010.

It was around 8:30pm when Holder and his partner responded to a call about shots being fired in a park close to 105th St and First Avenue, according to a New York Times report. Once the officers arrived, the two suspects were seen running from the scene, where a witness said his bicycle was stolen at gunpoint.

Holder and his fellow officer confronted the suspect riding the bicycle over the FDR Drive at East 120th Street when the suspect opened fire, hitting Holder. He was immediately rushed to Harlem Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:22pm.

Speaking on Holder’s heroic act at a press conference following his death, NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton said, “Tonight, he did what every other officer in the NYPD does when the call comes — he ran toward danger.” He continued, “It was the last time he will respond to that call.” Holder is the fourth NYPD officer killed in the line of duty in the last 11 months.

Commissioner Bratton announced that Holder's shooter was wounded in the leg and was apprehended by officers after fleeing the scene for only a few blocks. He was taken to New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, where his wounds were treated and he was released to police custody. Three other men were taken in for questioning, however police have yet to identify the suspects.

At a vigil outside of the hospital, Holder’s father, who was also an officer in Guyana, where Holder moved from to the U.S., spoke to dozens of police who gathered. Mayor Bill de Blasio said Holder was “an immigrant who wanted to give back to his city and his country, who had an exemplary record as a police officer. This sadness is so hard to describe." 

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Written by George Chapman Jr.

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