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Randolph Holder shooting: Latest news about the killing of the NYPD officer

NYPD Officer Randolph Holder was shot and killed during the pursuit of a suspect in East Harlem. He was the fourth New York City police officer killed in the line of duty over the past 11 months.

On the night of Oct. 20, 2015, Holder was on the roof of 420 E. 102nd St. with a fellow housing bureau plainclothes officer when they witnessed a group of men shooting at each other, police said.

As the officers took pursuit of the men, they crossed paths with one of the men, who was on a bike, police said. That man, identified by authorities as Tyrone Howard, put down the bike and fired one time, striking Holder in the front of the head. The officer was pronounced dead at Harlem Hospital.

Howard, 30, was charged with first-degree murder in the officer's death.

Here's the latest on the fatal shooting of Officer Holder.

Officer Holder in his own words: 'I could be a role model'

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"Growing up, all I wanted to do was to make a difference in my community and become a role model," wrote Officer Holder in a typed essay that NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton read at his funeral Wednesday. In the essay, which he wrote as a recruit in answer to the question of why he wanted to become a police officer, Holder spoke of working as a security guard and meeting former NYPD officers who spoke about their experiences. "That’s when I decided I could be a role model and make a difference in my community and in New York City," he wrote. WPIX-TV has the full essay.

NYPD Commissioner Bratton promotes Holder to detective at funeral

As thousands of men and women in blue
Photo Credit: Newsday/ Jessica Rotkiewicz

As thousands of men and women in blue paid tribute to the fallen officer at his funeral service in Queens on Wednesday, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton announced that Holder would be promoted to detective posthumously. "Detective Randolph Holder, you are relieved of your duty as a New York City police officer, a guardian at the gates of New York City," Bratton said at the funeral, "and we send you on your way . . . to be a guardian angel at the gates of heaven." Read our extended coverage of the funeral here.

Grand jury indicts Tyrone Howard in officer's death

A Manhattan grand jury indicted Tyrone Howard in
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A Manhattan grand jury indicted Tyrone Howard in the death of Officer Holder on Tuesday but there was no list of charges. Prosecutors have key eyewitness evidence from Officer Omar Wallace, who was Holder's partner when the plainclothes cop was shot in the head in East Harlem. Howard, who has a criminal record, remains in custody.

Hundreds gather for Holder's wake

Hundreds of police officers gathered for the funeral
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Hundreds of police officers gathered for the funeral of Officer Randolph Holder at the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral in Queens Tuesday to pay their respects to the slain officer. "Each one is just as difficult as the other," said Officer Kevin Klein, a seven-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department, which had about a dozen officers at the funeral. "It's important for us to stick together, especially in this anti-police climate," he told Newsday. The service had been moved to a larger cathedral in the Jamaica neighborhood from a smaller church because of the large number of law enforcement officials that were expected to attend. Viewing hours were scheduled to end at 6 p.m.

Sharpton won't eulogize Holder

Al Sharpton has decided not to eulogize Officer
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Al Sharpton has decided not to eulogize Officer Holder at his funeral Wednesday. "I refuse, despite my strong feelings on police issues, to be part of anything that would marginalize and take away from the focus of this city and nation mourning your son tomorrow," he said in a letter to Holder's father. Sharpton had previously accepted an invitation to deliver the officer's eulogy. Read more at

NYPD: Gun found in Harlem River linked to killing of Officer Holder

NYPD scuba divers scouring the bottom of the
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NYPD scuba divers scouring the bottom of the Harlem River on Sunday recovered a Glock about 20 feet deep in the water in a search for the weapon used in Holder's death. Forensics tests -- including DNA analysis and ballistics -- revealed the gun was the same weapon used to kill Holder, police said at a news conference where members of the scuba team displayed their equipment from the dive. Det. John Mortimer, pictured above and identified by the NYPD as the officer who found the weapon, recalled being on his stomach when he spotted a "black firearm." "I got it here," he remembered saying of the discovery.

Viewing and funeral services planned for Officer Holder

Hundreds of law enforcement officials are expected to
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Hundreds of law enforcement officials are expected to pay their respects at a viewing and funeral for Officer Holder this week. Both the viewing and funeral will be held at The Greater Allen Cathedral of New York, 11031 Merrick Blvd., in Jamaica, Queens. The viewing is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday. The funeral is set for 3 p.m. Wednesday. Holder will be buried in his native Guyana. Law enforcement officers also paid tribute to Holder at the National September 11 Memorial in lower Manhattan on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015.


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