http://player.ooyala.com/iframe.js#pbid=71fea79861d14fce867bc2d59a66edd8&ec=FncGVieDqdubV22gtH6-BlQ4EGNeb9EaPolice officers gathered outside Harlem Hospital Center in New York City to salute their slain colleague on Tuesday evening.
Officer Randolph Holder, 33, died after being shot in the head while pursuing a robbery suspect in East Harlem, PEOPLE confirms. He was officially pronounced dead at 10:22 p.m.
In a moving display, his fellow officers lined the streets outside of the medical center, saluting the ambulance that carried Holder’s body away from the hospital later on Tuesday evening.
“Tonight he did what every other officer in the NYPD does,” Police Commissioner William Bratton said in a press conference Tuesday. “When the call comes, he ran towards danger, and it was the last time he will respond to that call.”
Bratton added that Holder was the fourth New York City officer killed in the line of duty in the past 11 months.
The alleged gunman was arrested four blocks away from the site of the shooting, and is in custody and is being treated for a gunshot wound to his leg at another hospital. He is expected to be charged later on Wednesday, police said.
Holder, a native of Guyana, was a five-year veteran of the force. He was the son and grandson of police officers.
Mayor Bill de Blasio described Holder as “an immigrant who wanted to give back to his city and his country. … In the words of Abraham Lincoln, a man who gave the last full measure of his devotion on behalf of a city he loved.”
In honor of Holder, flags in New York City will fly at half-staff until the day of Holder’s internment, de Blasio’s office announced.
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