New York City police officer dies after being shot in East Harlem

A New York City police officer was shot and killed late Tuesday in the East Harlem section of the city after he responded to a report of shots fired and an armed robbery.

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton identified the murdered officer as Randolph Holder, 33, a five-year veteran of the force. Holder was an officer in the department’s Housing Bureau.

Bratton said Holder responded to a report of shots fired at East 102nd Street on the city’s Upper East Side. When he arrived, a man told the officer his bicycle was stolen in an armed robbery. Bratton said officers pursued the suspect to the intersection of East 120th Street and the FDR Drive, where gunfire rang out. One witness told Fox 5 that she heard at least five shots.

Holder was shot in the forehead and rushed to Harlem Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:22 p.m. The Associated Press reported dozens of uniformed and plainclothes officers lined the hospital hallway while other officers held each other as they arrived. Bratton and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio arrived at the hospital shortly before 10 p.m.

Bratton said the suspect was wounded in the shootout and was apprehended four blocks away. The commissioner said the suspect, who has not been identified, was expected to be released from the hospital and into police custody Wednesday. Three other man were also taken into custody and questioned.

A section of the FDR Drive, a busy parkway that runs along the East River, was shut down while officers investigated the scene.

Holder is the fourth NYPD officer to die in the line of duty in the last 11 months, according to Bratton.

On May 2, Officer Brian Moore, 25, was shot while questioning suspect Demetrius Blackwell, 35, in Queens. Moore died of his injuries two days later.

On December 20, detectives Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were gunned down as they sat in their car in Brooklyn by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who stated that he wanted to avenge the police-involved deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner by killing officers. Brinsley later shot himself in the head while fleeing police.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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