NYPD Officer Fatally Shot In The Head

Photo Credit: Brandon Anderson

Photo Credit: Brandon Anderson

An NYPD police officer, Randolph Holder, died after he was shot in the head Tuesday night while chasing a robbery suspect, according to authorities.

Holder was shot while responding to reports of a gunman in East Harlem and he died a few hours, said Police Commissioner William J. Bratton.

He was the fourth officer killed in the line of duty in the city in the past 11 months, according to Bratton.

Nationwide, 31 police officers have been killed in the line of duty so far this year, according to CNN.

The unidentified suspect was wanted by police for questioning in connection to a previous shooting, according to authorities.

The man who police say shot and killed Holder has close to 20 prior arrests, some for violent crimes, according to CNN.

He also had a warrant out for his arrest and a wanted poster was created, said officials.

The suspect was arrested four blocks away from where Holder was shot, and is in a hospital with gunshot wounds in his leg.

He is expected to be released to police custody Wednesday morning, Bratton said.

Police took three other men into custody for questioning on their possible involvement.

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