(DNAINFO) Camille Bautista and Janon Fisher | October 21, 2015 — The man suspected of gunning down NYPD Officer Randolph Holder Tuesday night had an extensive criminal history and “sure as hell shouldn’t have been on the streets,” according to Mayor Bill de Blasio. Police identified Tyrone Howard, 30, as the shooter who killed the five-year NYPD veteran in a gunfight in East Harlem.
Dozens of police officers stood in solidarity outside Manhattan Criminal Court on Wednesday night as Howard was escorted in. He is charged with first-degree murder and robbery for the officer’s death.
The suspect had been arrested in a major 2014 drug bust at the East River Houses and was most recently wanted by police for a Sept. 1 shooting.