Police find gun in Harlem River that may have been used in NYPD officer’s death

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NYPD Finds Gun Believed to Be Involved in Officer’s Death.

Divers searching the Harlem River recovered a gun “consistent” with the weapon used to kill a police officer during a foot chase in Manhattan, the New York Police Department said Sunday.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.

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. The gun would be tested for fingerprints and DNA, he said, as well as test fired, to determine whether it was the same gun that was used to shoot Officer Randolph Holder in the head. 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.

Holder, 61, was once a proud police officer in Guyana, and in the days and hours since his son, Randolph Holder Jr., was shot by the suspect he was chasing in East Harlem Tuesday night, the father has been moved to comfort others. 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 for DNA and fingerprints [on the gun], but most likely we won’t find anything. The suspected shooter, Tyrone Howard, was taken into custody after the incident and on Wednesday was charged with first-degree murder and robbery, authorities said. “Numerous units within the NYPD have been extensively and exhausted all efforts to recover all forensic evidence regarding this case,” Chief Aubry said. 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. The search for other evidence continued Sunday with about 100 officers dressed in Tyvek suits standing hip to hip across six lanes of the FDR drive scouring the area north of 119 Street.

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. 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 said the scuba team’s work was “very difficult.” The gun was under 20ft of water and “they’re on their belly and they’re searching for it by hand”, he 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.

Stephen’s Lutheran Church hall in Flatbush, Brooklyn, a Guyanese “wake night” for Officer Holder is planned with food, games, gospel music and family reflections. The burial will be held in the country on Saturday. “We are all human beings on this earth — we should be able to work together,” Sheila Johnson, an aunt of Officer Holder, said. “Like we come here tonight, we have to let Washington and the politicians know that this has to stop. 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.

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