NYPD officer dies after being shot in the head during gunfight

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NEW YORK, NY – New York City police officers line up outside a hospital for a final salute, a tribute to a fallen comrade, the fourth NYPD officer murdered in the line of duty in less than a year.

Police say Randolph Holder and his partner, both in plain clothes, responded in East Harlem to calls about a man with a gun and exchanged gunfire with suspects. He died at a hospital.

"Four police officers murdered in 11 months. That's about as bad as it gets,” said Commissioner William Bratton.

Police arrested a suspect with a leg wound four blocks from the crime scene. They also picked up three other male suspects for questioning.

“The perpetrator involved here was obviously a hardened, violent criminal, and should have not been on the streets,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Holder was a native of Guyana who joined the NYPD in 2010. He was a third-generation police officer. His grandfather and father were police officers in Guyana, as was his great-uncle.

“These police officers need your support as we bury our fellow police officers,” said Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolman’s Benevolent Association. “But it can’t end there. We need your support every day on every corner on every neighborhood, so we can continue to carry ourselves like super heroes, so we can save you and protect you.”

Another example of how sometimes those who serve and protect need protection by they serve.