NYPD officer shot and killed chasing robbery suspect

Posted at 9:19 AM, Oct 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-21 09:19:11-04

A New York police officer died after he was shot in the head Tuesday night while chasing a robbery suspect, authorities said.

Officer Randolph Holder was shot while responding to reports of a gunman in East Harlem, and he died a few hours, Police Commissioner William J. Bratton said.

He was the fourth officer killed in the line of duty in the city in the past 11 months, according to Bratton.

The incident started following a report of an armed robbery.

“Responding officers were told by a victim that his bike had been stolen at gunpoint,” Bratton said.

Holder, 33, and his partner were in plainclothes when they saw a suspect riding a bike on a pedestrian overpass.

The pair, part of a unit that works in the city’s housing developments, indicated they were chasing more than one person, then exchanged gunfire with them, authorities said.

Holder was shot in the head, and he was taken to a local hospital, where he died.