An NYPD officer was fatally shot in the head in East Harlem last night (Oct. 20) while pursuing a robbery suspect. Officer Randolph Holder, an immigrant from Guyana who was on the force for five years, died of his injuries.
Reports the New York Daily News:
An NYPD housing officer was killed Tuesday night, shot in the head by a trigger-happy perp during a chase and gunfight on a pedestrian overpass above the FDR Drive in East Harlem, police said.
Officer Randolph Holder, 33, was shot in the forehead by the callous gunman, who had stolen a bike and was being pursued by cops along the promenade hugging the East River around 8:30 p.m., Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said. The brave officer died at 10:22 p.m. at Harlem Hospital.
A suspect, shot in the legs, was arrested.
Holder is the fourth NYPD officer to be shot in the line of duty since December.
New York City mayor Bill DeBlasio has ordered that all flags fly half-staff until Holder’s funeral.
Our condolences go out to Holder’s family.
Photo: press handout/NYPD