Commissioner William J. Bratton, Chief of the New York City Police Department sadly reports the death of Officer Randolph Holder.
Officer Holder, 33, and his partner responded to a shots fired call near the East Harlem housing projects. While they were responding to the area, they contacted a citizen who stated that the suspect had robbed him at gun point and fled on his bicycle.
The two officers located the suspect and confronted him. They were engaged in a gun battle during which Officer Holder was struck in the forehead by a single bullet that was fired by the suspect. Officer Holder was transported to Harlem Hospital where he succumbed to his gunshot wound a couple of hours later. The suspect was located by other officers and taken into custody. He also had sustained gunshot wounds and was treated at a different hospital.
In a short statement, Commissioner Bratton stated, “I extend our deepest condolences to his family…” Bratton said on behalf of the NYPD… “especially to his father, who in his time of grief sought to comfort the officers of PSA 5. He was strong enough and brave enough to go in and address them. As they tried to comfort him, he in fact was comforting them.”
Officer Holder served the New York City Police Department for five years. He was assigned to patrol of the Public Housing Projects in East Harlem, Police Service Area # 5. Officer Holder is the 4th NYPD Police Officer to be killed in the line of duty in less than a year.
Officer Holder and his family emigrated from Guyana, South America and Holder is a third generation police officer. He followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather in serving the law enforcement community. They were police officers in their home country of Guyana.
Officer Randolph Holder-gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Tuesday, October 20, 2015.
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VIDEO: Colleagues salute body of slain NYPD Officer Randolph Holder
Graphic created by Fellow Officer Rose Borisow