A suspect charged in the fatal shooting of an NYPD officer during a gunfight on a pedestrian bridge was ordered held without bail during his first court appearance Wednesday night.Tyrone Howard, 30, was charged with first-degree murder and robbery in connection with the Tuesday night shooting that killed Officer Randolph Holder,CBS News York reported. He did not enter a plea.Hundreds of NYPD officers packed the Manhattan courtroom and spilled into the hallway, according to CBS New York's Tony Aiello. One of the officers was heard yelling to Howard, "I hope you burn."
Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, voiced his members' anger after the arraignment."This coward couldn't even stand up. Yesterday evening, he was able to run. Yesterday evening, he was able to pull a gun. Yesterday evening, he was tough enough to pull that trigger and kill a police officer," Lynch said.Police said the fatal shooting happened as Holder and his partner responded to a report of shots being fired around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday near a public housing development in East Harlem.When they arrived, a man told the officers his bike had been stolen at gunpoint and that the suspect fled with a group of people on a footpath heading north along the FDR Drive.
Police said when the officers caught up to a man with a bike on a pedestrian overpass that spans the highway, they traded gunfire.New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said late Tuesday that Holder, 33, died at Harlem Hospital after being shot in the head. Holder was a five-year veteran of the NYPD, Bratton said."He did what every other officer in the NYPD does when the call comes -- he ran toward danger," police Commissioner Bill Bratton said Tuesday. "It was the last time he will respond to that call."