New York Today: A Fallen Officer – New York Times
Updated at 7:00 a.m.
Good morning on this toasty Wednesday.
A New York police officer was shot and killed last night, in the fourth such killing in less than a year.
The officer, Randolph Holder, was pursuing a suspect in an armed robbery when a gunfight broke out around 8:30 p.m. on the edge of Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive near 120th Street.
Officer Holder, a 33-year-old Guyanese immigrant who served in the Police Department’s Housing Bureau, was struck in the head and rushed to Harlem Hospital Center, where he died a few hours later.
The suspect was taken to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, where he was treated for a gunshot wound to the leg. He is expected to be released into police custody later today.
In a news conference soon after midnight, Commissioner William J. Bratton expressed his condolences and mourned Officer Holder, a five-year veteran of the force.
“He ran toward danger,” Mr. Bratton said. “It was the last time he will respond to that call.”
Officer Holder was a third-generation police officer whose father and grandfather had both served on the police force in Guyana. His father, also named Randolph, hurried to the hospital last night, where he privately addressed dozens of officers who had gathered in solidarity and grief.
Several city officials, including Mayor Bill de Blasio, were also there, keeping vigil.
“We honor the memory of Officer Holder,” Mr. de Blasio said, “a man who, in the words of Abraham Lincoln, gave the last full measure of his devotion on behalf of the city he loved.”
Here’s what else is happening:
Stow away your sweaters, jettison your jackets: Today is mostly sunny with a high of 75.
Tomorrow looks to be almost precisely the same. On we go.
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