The day after honoring one of their own murdered on the job 43 years ago, the NYPD is again plunged into mourning.
Randolph Holder, 33, was shot while responding to a robbery near E. 120th Street and the FDR Drive in East Harlem Tuesday night at around 8:30 p.m. Police say Holder was chasing the suspect in a bicycle theft when the alleged thief turned and shot Holder in the forehead. Holder later died at Harlem Hospital. The suspect, who was also shot, was taken to another hospital and remanded into police custody.
Holder was born in Guyana, the son and grandson of cops there, and lived for a time in the Rockaways, where his family still lives. He is the fourth cop to be slain in less than a year, after officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were assassinated in their car in Brooklyn last December and Police Officer Brian Moore was shot and killed in Queens Village in May.