Suspect in slaying of NYPD officer identified

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Suspect Identified In Slaying Of NYPD Officer


MANHATTAN — Police on Wednesday revealed the name of a suspected gunman accused of killing an NYPD officer responding to a call in East Harlem.

Tyrone Howard, 30, of Manhattan, remained in the hospital Wednesday morning but is expected soon to be released and taken to jail. Howard was shot in the leg during a shootout on the FDR that left Officer Randolph Holder dead, authorities said.

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Police said Howard lives about three blocks north from where he allegedly opened fire on the officer.

What would become a deadly encounter began about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday as Holder and his partner, both in plainclothes, responded to reports of shots fired near East 102nd Street and First Avenue in East Harlem, NYPD said.

When they arrived, a man told him his bike was stolen at gunpoint by one of the individuals who witnesses spotted running along the footpath heading north on the FDR Drive, police said.

Holder and his partner encountered a man on a bicycle on that footpath near East 120th Street and that's when shots rang out, Commissioner William Bratton said. Holder, 33, was struck in the head and died hours later at a hospital.

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Police salute outside Harlem Hospital Center as the body of New York Police Department Officer Randolph Holder passes by in an ambulance, early Wednesday, Oc. 21, 2015, in New York. Holder, 33, died after being shot in the head in a gun battle Tuesday while pursuing a suspect following a report of shots fired, police said. (AP Photo/Michael Balsamo)
A photo, date not known, provided by the New York Police Department shows police Officer Randolph Holder, who police said died after being shot in the head in a gun battle while pursuing a suspect Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, in New York following a report of shots fired. (New York Police Department via AP)
This 2014 photo provided by the New York Department of Corrections shows Tyrone Howard who is in police custody as the suspect in the killing of New York City Police Department Officer Randolph Holder, who was shot dead Tuesday night, Oct. 21, 2015 during an exchange of gunfire in East Harlem. Howard, in police custody Wednesday, had been arrested 20 times for offenses ranging from drug possession to robbery, had been sentenced to state prison twice since 2007 on separate drug possession and sale convictions, state records show. (New York Department of Corrections via AP)
Police officers stand near the scene of a fatal police shooting in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. Officer Randolph Holder, responding to a report of shots fired, was killed during a gunfight and chase involving a stolen bicycle. A suspect in his slaying is in custody, police said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Police officers, including one with a metal detector, work at the scene of a fatal police shooting in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. Officer Randolph Holder, responding to a report of shots fired, was killed during a gunfight and chase involving a stolen bicycle. A suspect in his slaying is in custody, police said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
A police officers stands near the scene of a fatal police shooting in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. Officer Randolph Holder, responding to a report of shots fired, was killed during a gunfight and chase involving a stolen bicycle. A suspect in his slaying is in custody, police said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
A candle with the image of St. Judas is places at a makeshift memorial to honor New York City Police Department Officer Randolph Holder who was shot dead Tuesday night during an exchange of gunfire in East Harlem, outside of Holder's station in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. Holder, 33, a five-year veteran of the NYPD, is the fourth New York City police officer murdered in the city in the last 11 months. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
A police officer says a silent prayer at the makeshift memorial to honor New York City Police Department Officer Randolph Holder outside the police station in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. Holder, a five-year veteran of the NYPD, was shot dead Tuesday night during an exchange of gunfire in East Harlem. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
A woman delivers flowers and fellow officers hang mourning bunting to honor New York City Police Department Officer Randolph Holder who was shot dead Tuesday night during an exchange of gunfire in East Harlem, outside of Holder's station in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. Holder, 33, a five-year veteran of the NYPD, is the fourth New York City police officer murdered in the city in the last 11 months. (AP Photo/David Martin)
Tyrone Howard appears in Manhattan Criminal Court on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in New York. Howard, who's accused of stealing a bike and fatally shooting Officer Randolph Holder in the head after a chase Tuesday night, was arrested Wednesday on robbery and murder charges. (Jefferson Siegel/The Daily News via AP, Pool)
Tyrone Howard appears in Manhattan Criminal Court on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in New York. Howard, who's accused of stealing a bike and fatally shooting Officer Randolph Holder in the head after a chase Tuesday night, was arrested Wednesday on robbery and murder charges. (Jefferson Siegel/The Daily News via AP, Pool)
Tyrone Howard is escorted by police officers out of the 25th precinct Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in New York. Howard is expected to be charged with fatally shooting New York Police Department Officer Randolph Holder during a gunfight Tuesday night on a pedestrian bridge leading to the East River after stealing a bike. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Candles burn at a memorial for New York City police officer Randolph Holder near the scene of his shooting near 120th street near the FDR drive Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in New York. Tyrone Howard is expected to be charged with fatally shooting of Holder during a gunfight Tuesday night on a pedestrian bridge leading to the East River after stealing a bike. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Police officers investigate along FDR Drive at East 120 Street on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, in New York where a New York City police officer was fatally shot. Officer Randolph Holder, 33, died after being shot in the head in a gun battle while pursuing a suspect following a report of shots fired, police said. (AP Photo/Michael Balsamo)
Police investigate following the fatal shooting of a police officer, early Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in New York. The officer, Randolph Holder, 33, died after being shot in the head in a gun battle while pursuing a suspect following a report of shots fired. The shooting happened in Manhattan's East Harlem neighborhood on Tuesday night. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks while Police Commissioner William Bratton, head above lectern, Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch, left, and NYPD Chief of Department James O'Neill listen early Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in New York. A New York City police officer, Randolph Holder, 33, died after being shot in the head in a gun battle while pursuing a suspect following a report of shots fired Tuesday, police said. "He is the fourth New York City police officer murdered in this city in the last 11 months," Bratton said during a news conference at Harlem Hospital where Holder was pronounced dead Tuesday night. (AP Photo/Michael Balsamo)
New York Police Commissioner William Bratton speaks while Mayor Bill de Blasio, right, Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch, left, and NYPD Chief of Department James O'Neill listen early Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in New York. A New York City police officer died after being shot in the head in a gun battle while pursuing a suspect following a report of shots fired Tuesday, police said. "He is the fourth New York City police officer murdered in this city in the last 11 months," Bratton said during a news conference at Harlem Hospital where Officer Randolph Holder, 33, was pronounced dead Tuesday night. (AP Photo/Michael Balsamo)
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A police officer cries after laying flowers in memory of Officer Randolph Holder at the 9/11 Memorial in New York, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. Tyrone Howard is charged with first-degree murder and robbery, accused of stealing a bike and fatally shooting Holder in the head after a chase Tuesday night. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Port Authority and New York City police officers lay flowers in memory of Officer Randolph Holder at the 9/11 Memorial in New York, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. Tyrone Howard is charged with first-degree murder and robbery, accused of stealing a bike and fatally shooting Holder in the head after a chase Tuesday night. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 21: An NYPD police officer puts up a reward poster for fellow officer Randolph Holder outside the Wagner Houses community center October 21, 2014 in the in East Harlem neighborhood of New York City. Holder, 33, was shot and killed in a confrontation with an armed suspect fleeing police on a pedestrian overpass over the FDR Drive Tuesday night. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 21: A poster bearing pictures of NYPD officer Randolph Holder is shown at a vigil outside Police Service Area #5 October 21, 2014 in the in East Harlem neighborhood of New York City. Holder, 33, was shot and killed in a confrontation with an armed suspect fleeing police on a pedestrian overpass over the FDR Drive Tuesday night. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 21: People walk past a makeshift memorial for police officer Randolph Holder outside the Wagner Houses community center on October 21, 2015 in New York City. The 33-year-old NYPD officer was killed in a confrontation with an armed suspect fleeing police on a pedestrian overpass over the FDR Drive in East Harlem. Randolph was pronounced dead at Harlem Hospital on Tuesday night. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 21: A girl prays at a makeshift memorial for police officer Randolph Holder outside the Wagner Houses community center on October 21, 2015 in New York City. The 33-year-old NYPD officer was killed in a confrontation with an armed suspect fleeing police on a pedestrian overpass over the FDR Drive in East Harlem. Randolph was pronounced dead at Harlem Hospital on Tuesday night. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 21: Harlem Community leader Martin Baez visits a makeshift memorial for police officer Randolph Holder outside Police Service Area 5 on October 21, 2015 in New York City. The 33-year-old NYPD officer was killed in a confrontation with an armed suspect fleeing police on a pedestrian overpass over the FDR Drive in East Harlem. Randolph was pronounced dead at Harlem Hospital on Tuesday night. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 21: An NYPD officer lights a candle at a vigil for fellow officer Randolph Holder outside Police Service Area #5 October 21, 2014 in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York City. Holder, 33, was shot and killed in a confrontation with an armed suspect fleeing police on a pedestrian overpass over the FDR Drive Tuesday night. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 21: A member of the Guardian Angels attend a vigil for NYPD officer Randolph Holder outside the Wagner Houses community center #5 October 21, 2014 in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York City. Holder, 33, was shot and killed in a confrontation with an armed suspect fleeing police on a pedestrian overpass over the FDR Drive Tuesday night. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 21: A group of young boys light candles at a vigil for NYPD officer Randolph Holder outside the Wagner Houses community center #5 October 21, 2014 in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York City. Holder, 33, was shot and killed in a confrontation with an armed suspect fleeing police on a pedestrian overpass over the FDR Drive Tuesday night. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
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The shooter continued to run north along the footpath but was caught by officers at 124th Street. He had been shot in the leg during the exchange and was taken to a hospital for treatment — and into custody, police said.

The slain officer served five years on the force before he was killed, police said. He was assigned to patrol the Housing Bureau PSA 5 in the neighborhood where suffered the fatal shot. Holder moved to the U.S. from Guyana, where both his father and grandfather served as police officers, Bratton said.

He "did what every other officer in the NYPD does when the call comes – he ran toward danger. It was the last time he will respond to that call," Bratton said Tuesday night at a news conference.

The killing of Holder marks the fourth time in less than a year that an NYPD officer has been gunned down in the line of duty.

As the investigation into his death continues, the FDR Drive is closed in both directions between 96th and 125th streets, police said.



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