- Tyrone Howard pleads not guilty in court, the district attorney office's says
- Howard, 31, faces an array of charges, including first-degree murder and robbery
- District attorney says he hopes prosecution will bring some comfort to fallen officer's family
The indictment lays out a multiple charges against Tyrone Howard, including aggravated murder, first-degree murder, second-degree murder and first-degree robbery.
Howard pleaded not guilty in court Tuesday to the charges, according to the Manhattan district attorney's office.
"The defendant in this case ... is charged with willfully and maliciously murdering one of New York's finest," New York County District Attorney Cyrus Vance said in a statement. "This prosecution will not bring back this brave public servant, but we hope, by seeking justice, it will bring a measure of comfort to Detective Holder's family, his colleagues in the NYPD and the city as a whole."
Randolph "Randy" Holder, 33, a native of Guyana who had joined the New York City Police Department, was shot in the head while chasing a suspect in an East Harlem housing complex on October 20.
Holder's partner, Omar Wallace, fired back and wounded the suspect while chasing him on a footbridge along the East River. The suspect was arrested, and authorities identified him as Howard, who was wanted in connection with a September 1 gang-related shooting and had a warrant out for his arrest.
New York police divers later recovered a .40-caliber pistol and a shell casing in the riverbed. The shell casing matched the pistol found in the river, according to a law enforcement official.
During an emotional eulogy last month, Police Commissioner William Bratton promoted Holder to first-grade detective and issued him shield number 9657, the same number his father wore when he served in Guyana.
Bratton choked up while reading a letter written by Holder, then a new recruit, talking about how he'd emigrated from the South American nation to the United States to live with his father.
"All I wanted to do was make a difference in my community," Holder wrote, according to the police commissioner.