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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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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