NYPD Officer Shot in the Head; Killed in Gun Battle

A New York City police officer was shot in the head and died during a gunfight and chase through a pedestrian overpass leading to the East River after responding to reports of shots fired
NYPD Officer Shot in the Head; Killed in Gun Battle
An officer directs traffic for the funeral of slain NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos, one of two officers murdered while sitting in their patrol car in an ambush in Brooklyn, New York City, in December 2014. (Kevin Hagen/Getty Images)
The Associated Press

"We are humbled by Officer Randolph Holder's example, an example of service and courage and sacrifice," Mayor Bill de Blasio said. "Our hearts are heavy. We offer our thoughts and our prayers to his family."

De Blasio said Holder, who joined the force in July 2010, had an "exemplary record" as a police officer.

Holder was a native of Guyana. He worked in the NYPD division that polices the city's public housing developments. His father and grandfather both were police officers in Guyana, Bratton said.

Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch said: "New York City police officers everyday go out and carry themselves like superheroes but the reality is when we're attacked we bleed, when we bleed we die and when we die we cry."

Nationwide, 100 officers have died in the line of duty so far in 2015, up 15 percent from this time last year, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, a nonprofit law enforcement information clearinghouse. Of those, 31 were firearms-related deaths.

In New York City, Officer Brian Moore, 25, was killed on May 9 during a patrol. A suspect was charged with murder. And on Dec. 20, officers Wenjian Liu, 32, and Rafael Ramos, 40 were ambushed and killed by a man who said he wanted to kill some cops in Brooklyn. The suspect killed himself in a nearby subway station.