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Observances To Be Held At Police Precincts Throughout City In Honor Of Slain NYPD Cop.

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Tests show a gun found in the East River is the weapon used to shoot NYPD Officer Randolph Holder last week, police said Monday.NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Observances are set to be held in every borough Monday night in a display of solidarity for the NYPD officer who was shot and killed last week in East Harlem.Bronx prosecutors were poised to send Tyrone Howard to the slammer over a jailhouse drug bust, but caved to a Manhattan judge who gave him a chance him at rehab — only to see the career criminal charged with killing NYPD cop Randolph Holder, The Post has learned.

Police say Officer Holder was responding to a separate shooting when he confronted the alleged gunman, Tyrone Howard, on the footbridge overpass at 120th Street in East Harlem. “Since this homicide occurred on Tuesday night, members from all over NYPD have been searching 24/7 for evidence and I think we have a very good case we’re working with the Manhattan DA’s office where we’ve recovered extensive forensic evidence as well as witnesses. The organizers, reaching out through clergy councils throughout the city, hope to hold simultaneous vigils at all 77 precincts at 7 p.m., community advocate Tony Herbert said. We have to work together because we have to live together.” Tyrone Howard, 30, is charged with first-degree murder and robbery in connection with Holder’s death. Howard, 30 — with 28 arrests since age 13 — was serving time on Rikers Island when he was caught with 33 small bags of crack cocaine on May 17, 2013, court records show.

Shell cases from the test firing were being compared with discharged cases police recovered on 120th Street next to Holder’s body in addition to the cases at 102nd Street where the first shots were fired, Aubry said. He said the searches for evidence were a “24/7 operation” since the night of the shooting and said the scuba team’s work was “very difficult.” Police said NYPD divers searched the roughly 67,000 square-feet of the Harlem River, in rough waters with little or no visibility, using their hands until they recovered the weapon, CBS2’s Matt Kozar reported. “There was the black firearm that the detectives asked us to find,” Det. A spokeswoman for Bronx DA Robert Johnson said prosecutors reluctantly agreed to abide by Nuñez’s decision — and not continue with their prosecution of Howard — when they learned about it. “At that point, we decided, with reservations, to go along — with the understanding that he would get the three to six if he didn’t complete the program,” said Terry Raskyn, Johnson’s spokesperson. Nuñez had ordered Howard to undergo 18 months of residential rehab, followed by six months of outpatient treatment and six months of probation — but he was back on the streets by Sept. 1.

On that date, he allegedly got into a gunfight in which he was wanted for questioning, and later that month, arrest warrants were issued when he missed court dates in both the Manhattan and Bronx cases. A line of police officers in protective gear spreads out across both lanes of the closed-off FDR Drive on Sunday, scouring the asphalt for any possible evidence in last week’s fatal shooting of Officer Randolph Holder.Photo: Brigitte Stelzer Cops have said they tried to pick him up 10 times in the weeks between the Sept. 1 shooting and when he allegedly killed Holder. Charles Schumer visited Holder’s family in Far Rockaway, where he said he invited the cop’s stepmother, Princess, to lobby for gun control in Washington, DC. They were raising Muhammad’s 12-year-old daughter together and wanted to have more children of their own. “We were told he was in surgery (after the shooting), and then a few minutes after, we were told by the commissioner that he didn’t make it.

Instead, she’s trying to honor his memory and is planning to start a nonprofit foundation and mentorship program in his name. “It’s the natural reaction for you to be angry, but I just want some good to come out of this, and I just want to honor him, and I just want his legacy to live on,” she said. He has appeared with Mayor Bill de Blasio, who campaigned on improving relations between police and minority communities, and was present at an at-times tense round table at City Hall featuring Police Commissioner William Bratton.

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