NYPD Police Officer Randolph Holder Dies After Being Shot
Randolph Holder a NYPD housing officer was killed Tuesday when he was shot in the head during a gunfight in Manhattan, officials said.
Police Officer Randolph Holder and other plainclothes officers initially responded to reports of shots fired near in East Harlem. Randolph Holder is the fourth officer to be killed in the line of duty in the last 11 months. Ronald Holder was a third-generation officer in his family to serve as a police officer. He was shot in the head as he chased after an alleged bicycle.
According to police, the alleged shooter and bicycled thief was shot in the legs and is now in custody. In December two other New York City policeman were shot point blank range while sitting in their parked cars while in Brooklyn. That alleged gunman later killed himself. In May of this year officer Brian Moore was shot while questioning a suspect who was hiding a gun in his belt. Mayor De Blasio ordered all flags in the cities to be flown at half-staff in honor of the fallen hero Randolph Holder. This latest shooting of another fallen officer is sure to spur up more political debate concerning gun control.
Mayor De Blasio stated “We need to understand that the police are us,” Mr. de Blasio said at a news conference at 1 Police Plaza. He called the death of Officer Randolph Holder, killed in a shootout on Tuesday evening, “a moment for us to show solidarity and to understand the bond we need to have between all of us and our police.”
Mayor De Blasio has come under fire for criticizing the New York City Police Department’s for excessive force in the wake of civilian shootings that have occurred throughout the city. This latest shooting will be a double. It’s sort that mail De Blasio would have to address immediately. Let’s hope that this pans out with the best decisions and justice.