NYPD: Gun That May Have Been Used in Officer’s Death Found

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CARIBBEAT: Slain NYPD Officer Randolph Holder’s Guyana spirit and devotion to community lives on.

After the candles started dripping and a police commander wiped his tears, Randolph Holder Sr. walked from the clutch of his extended family and addressed those standing in the back of the vigil held for his son, a police officer killed in the line of duty. “Ladies and gentlemen, I just wanted to give special thanks to all these men in blue,” Mr. The New York police department said on Sunday divers had found a gun that was “consistent” with the weapon used to kill one of its officers during a foot chase in Manhattan last week.After five days of round-the-clock searching, cops fished out of the East River early Sunday the pistol used to shoot NYPD Officer Randolph Holder to death.

After days of searching in the waters of the Harlem River, police divers on Sunday located what officials believe is the gun used to fatally shoot a plainclothes New York City police officer last week, a law enforcement official said.The first time accused cop-killer Tyrone Howard asked for a no-jail rehab program, in 2011, he was ordered locked up instead; the second time he asked, in 2014, the answer was yes, and he was green-lighted for freedom.Praise is coming locally, nationally and internationally for the dedicated NYPD officer, who was fatally wounded last week in East Harlem by a suspect fleeing the scene of a shooting. “The sense of the loss of Officer Holder is hitting us all,” said Mayor de Blasio after Holder’s death. “There’s something particularly powerful about the fact that he followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather devoting his life to protecting others. A .40-caliber Glock was recovered around 3 a.m. about 20 feet below the river’s surface at 123rd Street, NYPD Chief of Detectives William Aubry said. “That firearm fits the same characteristics as the firearm that we were looking for,” Aubry told reporters, including 1010 WINS’ Roger Stern and WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond. Detective John Mortimer, of the unit’s scuba dive team, spotted the pistol in the murky water near E. 123rd St. — about 100 feet from where the weapon’s 30-shot magazine was found on Wednesday — as divers methodically scanned the area grid by grid, according to officials.

Both times, Howard, a 30-year-old career crack and heroin dealer, was before a Manhattan judge on a felony drug-sale rap, asking for what’s called “judicial diversion,” a chance to be diverted away from prison and into a rehab program. The investigation continued into Sunday morning, with more than 100 officers combing a closed-down section of FDR Drive in search of more evidence, such as bullet fragments or shell casings. Police say the alleged gunman, career criminal Tyrone Howard, 30 — who was already wanted for questioning in another shooting just eight weeks earlier — shot Holder in the forehead as the third generation cop chased after him along the FDR Drive footpath near 120th St.

But when he was denied diversion in 2011, it was after strenuous arguments before Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Ellen Coin by an assistant district attorney with the city’s Special Narcotics Office. It’s got [at least one bullet] inside with markings that match the spent shell casings, which will likely match to the gun,” a law-enforcement source said.”Apparently, the bullet can still have markings if it’s slid through the rack without being fired. “We’re going to test fro DNA and fingerprints [on the gun], but most likely we won’t find anything. ADA Daniel Davis’ arguments stretch across four pages of transcripts, leading Coin — who already had her doubts about Howard — to send him to prison. For the 200 or so family, friends, officers and passers-by who gathered in the triangular intersection off Liberty Avenue in Richmond Hill, a neighborhood known as Little Guyana, the modest vigil underscored a powerful message. “Unity is strength,” Mr.

Aubry admitted it might be difficult to find DNA on the gun that would link it to alleged shooter Tyrone Howard because the gun has sat in the river for so long. And he goes into detail about a second violent case from Howard’s rap sheet — a 2009 shooting at an East River Houses basketball court in which Howard had been implicated but never indicted. “I am concerned by defendant’s record, that he is a three-time predicate [felon] and he had YO [youthful offender] for robbery in the first degree,” Coin says in starting to discuss the no-jail rehab option at a Dec. 20, 2011, hearing. “Your Honor, this is my case, even separate and apart from any drug use that this defendant might have, because the arrest in this case is PCP, passing over that is the violence that disturbs me as well, Your Honor,” Davis says.

The officers are meticulously taking one step at a time in unison before kneeling down to inspect each area of ground where their fellow officer was fatally shot in the head. Holder — who emigrated to the U.S. and grew up in the sometimes rough Lodge neighborhood of Georgetown, Guyana — will be buried in his native country. Once officers showed up, the thugs split up — leading cops on a chase across the footbridge at 120th Street and FDR Drive where Officer Holder faced off with career-criminalHoward. He was not indicted on it, for reasons I can explain.” Davis goes on to explain that man Howard was allegedly in a shootout with is the only eyewitness that could put a gun in Howard’s hand — and that witness had stopped cooperating. “We feel this defendant has a history of violence, which makes him much, much too great a risk for any sort of treatment program,” Davis concluded.

High-ranking members of the National Democratic Congress political party of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique are in New York to hold a town hall meeting today at Brooklyn’s Holy Cross Auditorium, 2520 Church Ave. (between Veronica and Johnson Places), starting at 5 p.m. I find institutional confinement of the defendant may be necessary for the protection of the public and is necessary for the protection of the public. Shell cases from the test firing would be 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. Together, the groups mourned by candlelight, dismissing ethnic divisions that have long marked their homeland. “This has become an opportunity for us to become Guyanese all over again,” said Vishnu Mahadeo, the president of the Richmond Hill Economic Development Council, which organized the vigil. “One of our own was shot down and we need to be there for each other.” Gloria Jardine, 58, came from the Bronx to shop for traditional Indo-Guyanese items.

Noted Caribbean costume designer Earl Beckles is bringing his skills to Saturday’s annual Village Halloween Parade, with the presentation of his masquerade creation “Out of Darkness,” representing hope in man’s journey from the Dark Ages to the age of light and technology. Beckles, of E&J Productions, and the Dream Team mas band will take a vibrant slice of the Caribbean carnival creativity displayed in Brooklyn’s annual West Indian American Day Carnival to the spectators of the 42nd annual Halloween procession. “We’ve been designing costumes for years. To know that our cultural costume connects to so many other parades and festivities is a testament to the universality of artistry and design,” said Beckles. The New York-based Haitian American Caucus is one of the many organizations and elected officials who slammed a discriminatory Interim Healthcare Inc. print ad seeking nurses, but stating that “no Haitians” need apply. State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman opened an investigation into the medical staffing company’s Oct 15 Pennysavers ad, which “violates federal and state civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in hiring on the basis of national origin.” “We are appalled and saddened that in 2015 discrimination against Haitians is still prevalent.

Countless Haitians work in healthcare as nurses, doctors, administrators and aides, providing invaluable care to their patients,” the caucus statement continued. “The ad in Pennysaver for an LPN is totally unacceptable and is offensive to us, and we know to all of you,” McNally said. ” I can assure you that we take this seriously. In particular, we apologize to the entire Haitian community.” A historical, gospel-powered production of the play “Nat Turner Story of A Prophet” — featuring the popular Rev. Johnny Ray Youngblood, senior pastor of Mount Pisgah Baptist Church – will be held 7 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday at the church, 760 DeKalb Ave., from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Proceeds from the play will benefit the church’s “MAAFA” event (remembering the millions of enslaved Africans who died during the Middle Passage of Atlantic slave trade.

Do not let Randolph’s death be in vain.” “After you left the house, the second place that disciplines you is the Guyana police force,” he said. “You are well-trained, well-mannered, protecting people and do all things to make the country a safe place.” When Mr. Dollar vans – the $2-a-ride savior for thousands of commuters every day – may geta green light, according to city Taxi and Limousine Commission chair Merea Joshi, who last week said she would be open to allow van operators to legally make passengerpickups that are not arranged in advance. She made her statement last week at a City Council hearingwhere she showed interest in supporting Brooklyn City Councilman JumaaneWilliams’ proposal allowing dollars vans to legally pick up passengersalong their routesand Queens Councilman Daneek Miller’s bill to raise fines for unlicensed drivers.

Group CEO Don Wehby of GraceKennedy Limited will be guest speaker at the Jamaican-American Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Friday at the Three West Club, 3 W. 51st St., starting at noon. And funds raised through CrowdRise will be used to support J/P HRO programs providing health care, education, construction, and the safe return to permanent housing for people displaced by the massive 2010 earthquake.

The city of New York understands what it means to rise above in the wake of tragedy and is a kindred spirit to Haiti.” The NYRR Dash to the Finish Line 5K team will be co- captained by fashion designer, model and long-time J/P HRO supporter Kimberly Stewart and actress and model, Melissa Bolona. Celebrity producer and TV host Yaniv (Nev) Schulman, and actor Kenny Santucci are among the celebrities joining elite Haitian athletes such as Astrel Clovis, Pétrus Césarion, and Bertine Lainé.

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