Officer Randolph Holder Jr. of PSA5 was shot and killed tonight in East Harlem responding to gunshots fired. Holder, a five year veteran of the NYPD, was pronounced dead Tuesday evening at 10:22pm. He was only 33 years of age. Officer Holder is the fourth NYPD Officer killed in the line of duty this year.
On Facebook, Bronx Borough President Ruben Duaz, Jr. wrote, “Very sad to learn the #NYPD officer shot this evening has passed. I wish his family peace in this trying time.”
Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson (D-Bronx), Chair of the Council’s Public Safety Committee, and Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (D-Brooklyn), Deputy Leader and co-chair of the Council’s Task Force to Combat Gun Violence, released a joint statement mourning the loss of Officer Randolph Holder Jr.
“What a devastating night. We are heartbroken by the loss of NYPD Officer Holder and the unfathomable frequency with which we find our City mourning the loss of young and promising officers. This level of violence against the men and women who put their lives on the line to protect us everyday is simply unacceptable. Tonight, we ask New Yorkers to join us in keeping the family and friends of Police Officer Holder, and all of his brothers and sisters in blue, in their thoughts and prayers.”
Gibson heads the City Council’s Public Safety Committee and Williams co-chairs Coalition Against Gun Violence.