An NYPD officer was shot and killed yesterday in Harlem, New York as he was trying to track down a suspected robber.
Thirty-three-year-old Randolph Holder and his partner, who both were dressed in plainclothes, were responding to the claim of a stolen bike. They witnessed the suspect riding the bike on an overpass.
According to reports, the officers were trying to track down more than one person, and a hail of gunfire ensued between the two groups. Holder was shot in the head and rushed to Harlem Hospital, where he died.
“We are fighting to understand the loss of a man who did so much, cared so much, dedicated so much to protecting others,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio during a press conference. “An immigrant who wanted to give back to his city and his country…In the words of Abraham Lincoln, a man who gave the last full measure of his devotion on behalf of a city he loved.”
Holder was a Guyanese immigrant who joined the police force five years ago and patrolled public housing projects in East Harlem.