NEW YORK – A Manhattan jury Monday convicted a career thug of fatally shooting an NYPD officer in the head during a foot chase in East Harlem as many officers and the victim’s family wept in the gallery, reported Fox News.
Tyrone Howard, 32, (pictured) was found guilty of first-degree murder, robbery and a slew of other charges for the tragic slaying of Officer Randolph Holder in October 2015.
Jury convicts killer
The jury reached the unanimous verdict after deliberating for four days. Three jurors became emotional and sobbed as the foreman read the decision. Howard faces life in prison
During the trial, Assistant District Attorney Linda Ford told jurors that Holder, 33, and his partner confronted Howard on the ramp of an E. 120th St footbridge. She declared that minutes earlier the now convicted murderer fled from a drug-related shootout.
“He knows they’re looking for him and he knows why,” she said of Howard in Manhattan Supreme Court. “He took out the gun, the .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol, he aimed at the officers and pulled the trigger. He fired one shot and he struck Officer Holder in the front of his head.”
Officer Holder was struck in the head by a round fired by Howard, and he slumped to the ground. Twenty minutes before killing the officer, the thug was involved in a gunfight on 102nd St. and fled north, snatching a bicycle from a man along the way, according to trial testimony.
Emotional day for many
Holder’s father, who is a retired NYPD officer, used a white handkerchief to wipe the tears from his cheeks, reported the New York Post.
Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr. thanked the jury for their service and the NYPD in a brief statement.
Later, as he exited the courthouse, he said, “This is a tragic case and a sad day, but we can’t thank our police officers enough for putting their lives on the line every day.”
PBA President Pat Lynch, flanked by Holder’s family, choked up as he told the press outside the courtroom, “These police officers lost a brother. Today we got justice.” Dozens of cops standing behind him clapped.
Howard now gets to look forward to spending the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole.
(Photo New York State Department of Corrections)