NEW YORK—A drug dealer convicted of fatally shooting a New York City police officer during a foot chase in 2015 has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Tyrone Howard appeared Monday in a Manhattan courtroom. The 32-year-old Howard was convicted last month on charges including murder, robbery and weapons possession in the death of 33-year-old Randolph Holder.
On Monday, the slain officer’s father, Randolph Holder Sr., told the judge that his son was a decent man whose life was wrongly cut short.
“I can’t explain the feeling that I have. I just don’t want to call his name, it’s so bad. I just want to call him a beast,” Holder said of Howard, according to the Daily News of New York. “He shouldn’t be on the streets. I think he should be put away for life and throw away the keys so he can never see daylight again.”
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Outside court, Holder urged parents to teach their children respect for the police.
“I just want to send a message out there to the mothers and fathers to take care of their children. They deserve every day discipline … manners … so they can be respectful to the police.”
The officer and his partner approached Howard as he was on a stolen bicycle on an East Harlem street in October 2015. Authorities say Howard fled on foot, then pulled out a handgun and shot Holder in the head on a footbridge over the Franklin D. Roosevelt East River Drive.
Authorities say Howard had been involved in a gunfight with drug dealers just before he was confronted by the officers.