Officer Randolph Holder, 33, was rushed to Harlem Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 10:22 p.m.
“He is the fourth New York City police officer murdered in this city in the last 11 months,” New York City Police Department Commissioner William Bratton said during a press conference at Harlem hospital where Holder was pronounced dead Tuesday night.
Holder was responding to a report of a shooting near 102nd Street around 8:30 p.m. He approached a group standing near an FDR Drive footbridge. There was an extended chase of one of the members of the group, who was on a bicycle. In an exchange of gunfire near East 120 Street, the officer was shot in the head.
An NYPD officer was shot Tuesday night after he responded to shots fired and chased a suspect to a footbridge at the FDR Drive. WABC Photo/ WABC
During an ensuing search another injured person, believed to be suspect, was found shot at East 125th Street. Three other men were taken into custody around 111th Street just before 9 p.m. and are being questioned.
The suspect was shot in the leg and taken to New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. A weapon was recovered, and the bicycle he was riding was also recovered.
Bratton said the suspect was expected to be released from a hospital early Wednesday and transferred to police custody. The suspect was not identified.
Holder was assigned to PSA 5, which polices the city’s public housing developments. He was a five-year veteran and native of Guyana.
“Our hearts are heavy and we offer our thoughts and prayers to his family who are experiencing unimaginable pain as we saw when we met with them earlier this evening,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
“Say a prayer that this family will get through this emptiness that they will always have,” said Pat Lynch, Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association. “New York City police officers everyday go out and carry themselves like superheroes but the reality is when we’re attacked we bleed, when we bleed we die and when we die we cry.”