New York Daily News

Updated: October 21, 2015, 10:41 AM

  

 

Man accused of killing NYPD Officer Randolph Holder greeted by angry family, cops at arraignment

BY SHAYNA JACOBS, MOLLY CRANE-NEWMAN, DENIS SLATTERY

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Tyrone Howard appears at his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court on Wednesday, October 21, 2015.

The man accused of gunning down a NYPD officer during an East Harlem crime spree couldn't stand to face the sea of cops and furious family who packed a Manhattan courtroom for his arraignment.

Tyrone Howard, wearing a white Tyvek jumpsuit while shackled and handcuffed, collapsed to his knees and refused to get up during the brief proceeding Wednesday night.

Howard, 30, did not enter a plea and was held without bail on first degree murder and robbery charges in the death of Officer Randolph Holder.

"As you can see, Mr. Howard has had medical treatment," said his court-appointed attorney, Brian Kennedy. "He has been complaining of certain chest pains."

Officer Holder's sister, standing feet away from the man accused of killing her brother could barely contain her anger.

"Kill his f---ing ass!" Sherry Holder shouted.

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Sherry Holder, the sister of slain cop Randolph Holder, leaves Manhattan Criminal Court

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Randolph Holder Sr., the father of slain NYPD Officer Randolph Holder, leaves Manhattan Criminal Court after the suspect's arraignment.

The tension spread through the overcrowded court.

"I hope you burn in hell," someone from the back of the room yelled.

NYPD Officer Randolph Holder was gunned down during an East Harlem crime spree.

Howard was arrested Tuesday night near 124th St. and FDR Drive after Officer Holder was shot on a pedestrian ramp just four blocks away.

Cops said Howard pulled a .40-caliber handgun with a 30-shot clip and fired a single bullet into the cop's forehead.


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Over a hundred police officers stand shoulder to shoulder in manhattan Criminal Court for the arraignment of accused cop-killer Tyrone Howard. (Click on the photo, above, to see the full 58-photo Daily News slideshow.

The slain cop's partner managed to wound the suspect in the leg, police said.

After the arraignment, Holder's grieving family members were ushered from the courtroom through a swell of more than 100 police officers.

"He's got a pain? What about my heart right now?" Holder's cousin Abena Johnson shouted as tears streamed down her face.

Holder was the fourth NYPD cop fatally shot in the line of duty in the last 11 months.


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A sea of cops greeted Howard at his arraignmnet in Manhattan Criminal Court on October 21, 2015
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PBA President Pat Lynch speaks to hundreds of police officers in Manhattan Criminal Court after the arraignment of Tyrone Howard.

Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch railed against Howard in an impassioned speech to the hundreds of NYPD officers gathered in the hallway outside the courtroom after arraignment.

"Every one of these police officers will be back in this court. We'll be back in this court every time this miscreant has a court appearance to make sure there's justice," Lynch said. "This coward couldn't even stand up. Yesterday evening he was able to run, yesterday evening he was able to pull a gun, yesterday evening he was tough enough to pull that trigger and kill a police officer - but he's not tough enough to stand before the judge and face justice. Well we're all here, we'll continue to be here, to make sure he faces that justice."

Howard is due back in court Oct. 27.