Randolph Holder, a 33 year old, 5 year veteran of the NYPD responded to a call of a shootout between rival gangs in Harlem.
As the police arrived, the gang members scattered and one suspect robbed a bicycle at gunpoint.
A chase ensuded which lead over the East Harlem bridge. As they crossed, the suspect fired at the cops, shooting Holder in the forehead. Holder’s partner returned fire and hit the suspect in the buttocks and leg, and later apprehended.
Holder was an immigrant from Guyana and was spoken very highly of by those who knew him. Here is whatPolice Commissioner Bill Bratton said at the hospital:
“Tonight, he did what every other officer in the New York City Police Department does…When the call comes, he ran toward danger. That’s the last time he will respond to that call.”
Here is a photo of the killer:
From the NY Post:
A cop was fatally shot in the head while chasing a gunman amid a shootout in East Harlem on Tuesday night.
Randolph Holder, 33, a five-year veteran of the force who was assigned to the Housing unit, responded to a 911 call of gunfire between two rival gangs at 420 E. 102nd St. at about 9 p.m., according to law enforcement sources.
When officers arrived on the scene, the warring groups split up and scattered, with one suspect robbing a bicycle at gunpoint.
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