Part of FDR Shut Down in Both Directions Sunday for Police Investigation Into Death of NYPD Officer

A portion of FDR Drive is closed Sunday morning as police continue to investigate the death of NYPD officer Randolph Holder.

The thruway will be closed in both directions from E. 96th Street to E. 132nd Street from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. It will reopen in both directions at 10:30 a.m.

Drivers also won't be able to enter FDR Drive from the Triborough Bridge during those two hours Sunday morning.

Police in all-white crime scene investigation outfits scoured the area between E. 96th Street and E. 132nd Street Sunday morning looking for clues. Groups of police could be spotted all along the stretch of roadway carrying items that could prove helpful as part of the investigation.

Authorities are investigating the death of Randolph Holder, the 33-year-old NYPD officer who was killed after he and other officers responded to a report of gunshots fired on the East River Housing Development in Harlem on Tuesday night. Two officers atop a roof of one of the apartment buildings saw people firing at each other, investigators said.

A person at the scene told responding officers that his bicycle had been stolen at gunpoint.

Holder and other officers then encountered a man on a bike on a pedestrian overpass over the FDR Drive at East 120th Street. The man and police exchanged gunfire, and Holder was struck in the head.

The 33-year-old officer was taken to Harlem Hospital in critical condition and died there.

The suspect, later identified as 30-year-old Tyrone Howard, ran away northbound on the FDR Drive promenade along the East River, and he was apprehended by officers at 124th Street. He had a gunshot wound to the leg and was treated at Cornell Hospital before being released to police.

On Friday, investigators released a surveillance video of the three men wanted for questioning in connection with a gunfight at a housing complex that preceded the shooting of Holder.

Al Sharpton and members of his National Action Network on Saturday gathered at the East Harlem police station house where Officer Randolph Holder had started each workday.

"We who fight bad policing, we unapologetically support good police," Sharpton said. "His loss is a loss to all of us. Should also be a call for this city to unite around what we do with violent offenders."

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