A 30-year-old wanted criminal with more than a dozen prior arrests, mostly for drug offenses, and 12 prior incarcerations allegedly shot a 33-year-old NYPD officer in the front of the head as he encountered the officer, who was responding to a report of gunfire near the FDR Drive in East Harlem, authorities say.
Tyrone Howard, also known as "Peanut," had three current warrants out for his arrest, including one on a second-degree assault charge. Authorities say they were looking for him in connection with a Sept. 1 shooting at the East River Houses and he is expected to now face charges in that case.
Police sources call Howard a "major drug player" and say he knew police were looking for him. He was most recently arrested in October 2014 on a drug-related offense and was jailed from that time through February of this year.
Here is a timeline of some of his previous arrests and criminal cases:
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Oct. 10, 2014: Howard was charged with class B felony narcotics crimes and pleaded guilty in May 2015.
Sept. 8, 2014: Howard pleaded guilty to possession.
July 15 and 16, 2013: Howard was charged with third-degree felony possession with intent to sell while in prison in the Bronx.
July 31, 2012: Howard faced misdemeanor public lewdness charges for an incident in an elevator.
November 2011: -- Howard was arrested on a charge of possession of a controlled substance and intent to sell. He later pleaded guilty to criminal possession and was sentenced to a one-year jail term with two-year supervised release.
July 2011: Howard was arrested for alleged possession of marijuana.
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January 2011: Howard was arrested on a marijuana charge.
January 2011: Howard was accused of farebeating.
Aug. 31, 2009: Howard was charged with first-degree assault with intent to cause serious injury with a weapon and possession of a loaded firearm. He was living on 102nd Street at the time.
January 2007: Howard was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and intent to sell, a class B felony. He pleaded guilty to a class C felony.
Nov. 11, 2005: Howard was charged with criminal sale, a class B felony, and criminal possession of marijuana. He was later convicted of fifth-degree conspiracy to sell.
Aug. 16, 2003: Howard was charged with criminal possession and intent to sell. He pleaded guilty.
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June 24, 2003: Howard was charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle in Troy, New York.
Dec. 9, 1997: Howard was charged with a drug offense at the age of 13. He had juvenile delinquent status at the time.