October 21, 2015 | 2:41am  

 

I’m not afraid: Slain cop reassured family before fatal shooting

By Kathleen Culliton and Kevin Sheehan

Officer Randolph Holder (left) was shot dead Tuesday night in a Harlem shootout. Tyrone Howard (right) was arrested in connection with the shooting.

Slain Officer Randolph Holder came from a long line of cops — and recently told a relative he wasn’t afraid of the risks of the job despite the danger he faced on the street.

“He loved being a cop,” said cousin Natalie Andrews, who lives across the street from Holder in Far Rockaway.

“My father was talking to him [recently] and asked him, `Are you sure you want to be a cop?’ He said, `Yes, this is my passion. I’m not afraid. I can handle it.’”

Holder was killed in the line of duty Tuesday night in East Harlem, fearlessly running into the face of danger and a report of shots fired.

Numerous shots can be heard on a 911 call Tuesday night reporting the shootout, according to audio posted by former NYPD cop John Cardillo, now a radio host in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Police sources identified the shooting suspect as Tyrone Howard, 30. He has not been charged yet.

“He always wanted to join the police force because I was in the police force in Guyana,” his grieving dad, also named Randolph, told The Post from Harlem Hospital, where his son had just been declared dead.

“He was a very disciplined, fun-loving, caring young man, always with a smile on his face.”

Not only was Officer Holder the son of a cop, his grandfather was a cop too, Commissioner Bill Bratton said.

“He was well loved by his fellow officers,” the elder Holder said. “I’m feeling sad for my son.”

He added that his son was planning to buy a house, and that he had dated Malika Clarke-Yarde, 33, since they were both 14 years old in Guyana before recently parting ways.

But the couple remained close, with Randolph helping her raise her child even though he was not the father, she said.

Clarke-Yard rushed to the hospital and tearfully remembered the man she loved.

“He was a very, very good man, admired by all,” she told The Post. “He was the best guy ever.”

On Wednesday, she said he had recently told her of the dangers of his job.

“I spoke to him recently about his work and he just told me ‘You don’t know. You don’t know where I work, you don’t know how I have to stand up and make my money when the night comes. You don’t know the people I have to deal with,’” she said.

The cop’s aunt called him a man New Yorkers will miss.

“He was a good and devoted person who gave his life to protect others,” said Shelia Johnson.

The elder Randolph Sr. said he was considering taking his son’s body back to Guyana.

Holder’s heartbroken family said the hero cop had he had been sending money home to his grandmother and brother in Guyana.

“He has a beautiful smile, like an angel on earth,” said Andrews, 32. “He passed the detective test and was supposed to be promoted next week.

Holder loved reggae and soca music music and would DJ at parties.

“To the man who killed my cousin, I would say, `You took a loving person, a good family member. I hope you feel it. We are feeling the big loss in the family this morning,’ ” the grieving Andrews said.

Police-Union President Patrick Lynch said in a statement Wednesday that “Officer Randolph, like so many of his fellow officers before him, gave his life in the protection of the city he loved. Let his sacrifice mark a new day of respect and appreciation for the men and women who stand between violent crime and the good people of New York.”