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.
Harlem Grieves For Young Cop Killed In Gunfire Over Petty Theft was originally published on hellobeautiful.com