A NEW York City police officer has died after being shot in the head in a gun battle while pursuing a suspect following a report of shots fired.
The shooting happened in Manhattan’s East Harlem neighbourhood on Tuesday night.
Police said Randolph Holder, 33, and his partners in the Housing Bureau were responding to reports of gunfire when they encountered a suspect on FDR Drive near E. 120th St.
Gunfire was exchanged and the officer was hit.
The suspect was captured several blocks away with a gunshot wound to his leg.
Three other men were taken into custody and are being questioned.
A section of a busy parkway has been shut down near where the officer was shot.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a press conference, “We are all in mourning tonight. This entire city is in mourning.
“We are humbled by Officer Randolph Holder’s example.
“An example of courage, and service and sacrifice. Our hearts are heavy and we offer our thoughts and prayers to his family.”
Randolph Holder is the fourth New York City police officer to be ‘murdered’ in the past 11 months.
In December 2014, officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were ambushed and killed while sitting in their squad car in Brooklyn and on 2 May 2015, officer Brian Moore was shot, and died from his wounds days later.