New York Officer Killed After Gunfight in East Harlem Led to a Police Chase

21 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

NYPD cop dies after being shot in the head.

Randolph Holder, who was assigned to the NYPD’s housing unit, was responding to reports of gunfire in one of the area’s large housing projects. The New York Police Department officer who was shot in the head and died Tuesday night was known by family and neighbors as a devoted son and dedicated police officer, eager to move up in the NYPD ranks.

The housing cop, with five years on the force, responded to a call for gunfire between two rival groups at 420 East 102nd street at around 9 p.m., according to law enforcement sources. He and other officers were pursuing a suspect along a pedestrian overpass when the exchange of gunfire took place, Police Commissioner William Bratton said during a press conference early Wednesday The suspect was caught blocks away and had gunshot wounds to his leg. The wounded shooter was found shortly after at 125th Street where he was apprehended. “I heard so many gunshots,” said witness Angelique Martinez, 47. “It sounded like there was a shoot out outside my building. The investigation into the incident is ongoing and police are looking for witnesses, as well as other suspects who may have been involved with the initial incident.

It’s really scary.” “There’s so much violence in this area,” said the witness, Martinez. “When I heard that an officer was shot I had to come outside to see for myself.” And in a shooting the rocked the city at Christmas time last year, detectives Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were shot and killed died on Dec. 20 by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, a cop-hating killer who wanted revenge for the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown — who died in police-related incidens. Flags shall be flown at half-staff on all City buildings and stationary flagstaffs throughout the five boroughs.” Holder was a five-year veteran of the police force, Bratton said.

It was the last time he will respond to that call. “I extend our deepest condolences to his family, especially his father, who, in his time of grief, sought to comfort the officers in PSA 5,” Bratton added. “New York City police officers every day, we go out and carry ourselves like superheroes on the streets,” he said. “But the reality is, when we’re attacked, we bleed, when we bleed, we die, and when we die, we cry… these police officers need your support as we bury our fellow police officer, but it can’t end there. Holder’s father comforted his co-workers from Police Service Area 5, where he worked. “He was very polite, always said kind words,” she said. “He was never in a rage. Holder was younger, he would often DJ summer block parties in Far Rockaway, playing reggae and Soca music for the neighborhood. “He was like an angel.

Lynch asked all New Yorkers “to remember our fallen brother, Randolph Holder, and to keep his family, friends and colleagues in your heart, thoughts and prayers.”

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