On the Inside

October 20, 2015 11:22pm 



NYPD Officer Killed in East Harlem Shooting

By Murray Weiss

MANHATTAN — An NYPD officer was shot and killed Tuesday night in a shootout with a suspect in East Harlem, officials said.

Officer Randolph Holder, 33, was shot in the head when he and his partner responded to a report of gunshots in a park at East 102nd Street and the FDR Drive at roughly 8:30 p.m., according to sources and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton.

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Officers investigate the scene of the shooting on the FDR Drive and 120th Street Wednesday morning.

Holder was a five-year NYPD veteran and was assigned to the department's Housing Bureau. He worked out of PSA 5. 

"We're all in mourning tonight. The whole city is mourning," Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a press conference late Tuesday night.

"We are humbled by Officer Randolph Holder's example, an example of service, courage and sacrifice. We offer our prayers to his family."

Bratton, speaking at the same press conference, said that after Holder and his partner responded to the call of what sources say was a gang related shoot out.

When the officers arrived the suspects scattered and Holder and his partner gave chase.

Sources believe that the shooter robbed a man of his bicycle in order to make a getaway.

The two plainclothes officers confronted the suspect on the bike near a pedestrian overpass, Bratton said. When they approached him, the man opened fire.

Holder was struck in the head and rushed to nearby Harlem Hospital, where he died a short time later at roughly 10:22 p.m.

"He ran towards danger," Bratton said. "It was the last time he'd respond to that call."