(DNAINFO) Janon Fisher, Murray Weiss and Trevor Kapp | October 21, 2015 — An NYPD officer was shot and killed Tuesday night trying to arrest a man after shoot out between rival gangs in a local park, officials said.
Officer Randolph Holder, 33, a Guyanese immigrant and five-year veteran of the force, was shot in the head when he and his partner confronted one of the suspected gang members who had robbed a man of his bike in an attempted getaway at East 102nd Street and the FDR Drive about 8:30 p.m., sources and police officials said.
“We’re all in mourning tonight. The whole city is mourning,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a press conference late Tuesday night.
“We are humbled by Officer Randolph Holder’s example, an example of service, courage and sacrifice. We offer our prayers to his family.”
Holder, who was assigned to protect public housing in Police Service Area 5, died at 10:22 p.m. in Harlem Hospital, according to NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton.