Police Divers Find Gun in Hunt Over Officer’s Death in Harlem

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FDR Drive To Close Sunday Morning As Part Of Investigation Into NYPD Officer Randolph Holder’s Death.

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police divers found a gun in the East River early Sunday morning near where an NYPD officer was fatally shot more than four days earlier, authorities said.

Police say the 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.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, alaw enforcement official said.

The wrong judges heard the damning details of accused cop-killer Tyrone Howard’s violent role in a wild 2009 shootout that left two East Harlem bystanders wounded.The partner of slain NYPD Officer Randolph Holder kept his feelings holstered Saturday about the gunfight where he wounded the drug-dealing gangbanger charged in the cop’s death. “You don’t see that often,” Officer Omar Wallace told the Daily News outside his Brooklyn apartment building. 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. The gun’s 30-clip extended magazine had already been recovered on East 123rd Street, about 100 feet away from where the weapon was tossed, cops said.

Holder, 33, a plainclothes officer stationed with the Anti-Crime Unit in East Harlem, initially spotted Howard pedaling away on a stolen bicycle after he responded to 102nd St. and First Ave. for a shots fired call, authorities said. 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.

And it’s unclear if Howard’s prosecutor was ever aware that his colleagues in another office had the ammunition to keep the PCP-addicted drug dealer incarcerated. “The evidence was more than sufficient to show that . . . 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. Howard became involved in a gun battle with the result that (the bystanders) were hit with their stray bullets,” prosecutors wrote in their brief to the Appellate Division. 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. 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.

The 11-year-old recognized both Evans and Howard from the neighborhood and spotted them arguing at the edge of the court before the shooting, court papers showed. De Blasio said he wants judges to consider whether defendants pose a threat to the public when setting bail or steering them into drug diversion programs. Meanwhile, PBA President Patrick Lynch penned an op-ed Saturday saying officers need support all the time, writing in part: “Police officers want City Hall to be our partner in keeping New York safe. But that partnership can’t succeed if the only time officers feel their efforts are supported and their contributions valued is when one of us has made the ultimate sacrifice.” De Blasio wouldn’t answer CBS2’s questions on camera about the op-ed earlier Saturday, but his office later released a statement stating in part: “Mayor de Blasio has hired 1,300 new officers to support NYPD and enhance safety for all neighborhoods, making NYC the safest large city in the country.” (TM and © Copyright 2015 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. There was no ballistic evidence in the case, but the judge at Evans’ trial told jurors that it didn’t matter whether Evans or Howard fired the shots that hit the victims. “Each was the accomplice to the other,” Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Carol Berkman told jurors, who convicted Evans for both the 2009 shooting and an unrelated 2006 murder.

The descriptions matched what the 11-year-old said about Howard’s garb, and “provided proof that defendant was not the only one with a gun on those basketball courts,” the prosecutors said. Court records show none of the cited evidence was publicly disclosed to either Justice McLaughlin — who allowed Howard to apply for the drug diversion program — or to Justice Nunez, who approved it. In fact, it was Howard’s own lawyer who reminded McLaughlin of his client’s arrest in the 2009 case, according to a transcript of a December 2014 hearing.

Manhattan Chief Assistant District Attorney Karen Friedman-Agnifilo issued a statement saying there was plenty of evidence backing their call for jail time. “Howard was a career criminal with a long history of arrests and convictions, as reflected on his rap sheet available to all the parties,” she said.

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