NYPD officer dies after being shot in the head in East Harlem

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EAST HARLEM (WPIX) -- NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton confirms a police officer has died after being shot in the head in East Harlem.

Randolph Holder, 33, was taken to Harlem Hospital Center where he was pronounced dead at 10:22 p.m. Tuesday. He is the fourth officer killed in New York City in the last 11 months.

"Tonight, he did what every other officer in the NYPD does, when the call comes he ran toward danger," Bratton said at an early Wednesday press conference at Harlem Hospital. "It was the last time he could respond to the call."

Officer Holder and his PBA partners were responding to a call of shots fired in the vicinity of E 102nd Street and 1st Avenue around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Witnesses reported they saw suspects along the footpath heading north on the FDR Drive, adjacent to the Harlem River, according to Bratton. Responding officers were informed by a victim who had his bike stolen after one of the individuals had him at gunpoint, Bratton said.

Officers spotted one of the suspects heading northbound on the bike on E 120th Street along the FDR Drive on the pedestrian overpass.

There was an exchange in gunfire between the suspect and two other officers, when one of the bullets hit Holder in the head.

The gunman attempted to flee but was apprehended at E 124th Street on the FDR Drive. He had a gunshot wound to the leg and taken to  Weill-Cornell Medical Center. He will be released to police custody Wednesday morning.

The other suspects were found on E 111th Street and were taken in for questioning.

Holder, who was born in Guyana, was appointed into the NYPD in 2010, becoming the third generation officer in his family. He became an officer shortly after coming to New York.

"This whole city is in mourning," Mayor Bill de Blasio said. "Mourning a man who gave his life as a guardian for us."

"He was an immigrant who wanted to give back to his city and his country, who had an exemplary record as a police officer and did everything the right way," de Blasio said.

Hartford Deputy Chief Brian Foley sent out this tweet: