NYPD Officer Randolph Holder, 33, succumbed to his injuries after being shot late Tuesday night in East Harlem. Holder was a third-generation police officer.
Officer Holder was patrolling a public housing complex when he became involved in the foot pursuit of a suspect who had stolen a bike. At some point, the suspect turned and shot Officer Holder, striking him in the head. Officers returned fire, striking the suspect in the leg. The suspect was taken into custody.
Officer Holder was transported to Harlem Hospital but died at 10:22 pm.
"That we mourn one of our own. I’ve been doing this for 45 years. It doesn’t get easier. It never gets easier and it should never get easier," said Police Commissioner Bill Bratton.
Officer Holder, who had emigrated from Guyana, was the fourth NYPD officer to have been killed in the line of duty in the past year.