Criminal who shot NYPD officer charged with murder

NEW YORK (NEWS10) – A man with a lengthy arrest record has been arraigned in the shooting death of a New York City police officer.

Tyrone Howard is accused of stealing a bike and fatally shooting Officer Randolph Holder in the head after a chase Tuesday night. He’s since been charged with first-degree murder and robbery and is being held without bail.

NYPD officers stood shoulder to shoulder and front to back in the courtroom as the suspect was arraigned. Prosecutors say the case against Howard will be presented to a grand jury beginning Friday. Court records show Howard, who goes by the street name “peanut,” has a long criminal history, with 18 prior arrests and three outstanding warrants.

He was wanted for an earlier shooting in east Harlem. Troy Police Chief Dan Dewolf says Howard was arrested in Rensselaer County in 2003 for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and then again in 2004 for criminal possession of a controlled substance.

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