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Man Charged with Tuesday Murder of NYPD Officer was Out of Jail on Diversion Program at Time of Shooting

October 22, 2015  | 

Tyrone Howard was charged with first-degree murder. He was wanted by the NYPD for another shooting at the time of the attack on Officer Randolph Howard. (Photo: New York Department of Corrections)
Tyrone Howard was charged with first-degree murder. He was wanted by the NYPD for another shooting at the time of the attack on Officer Randolph Howard. (Photo: New York Department of Corrections)

The man charged with the Tuesday murder of NYPD Officer Randolph Holder was in a drug diversion program that kept him out of jail at the time of the shooting.

Tyrone Howard, 30, of East Harlem, who has numerous prior gang-related offenses, was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Officer Randolph Holder, officials said. He is being held without bail.

Holder and other officers were responding to reports of gunshots in East Harlem, which police sources told ABC News was connected to gang activity.

NYPD officers had been searching for Howard for more than a month at the time of Officer Holder's murder. The alleged cop killer was wanted for a shooting on Sept. 1 and there was an active warrant for his arrest, according to Jim O'Neill, the NYPD's chief of department.

The incident on Tuesday night started as a gang dispute between members of rival gangs that operate in the adjacent Jefferson Houses, East River houses and the Wagner Houses, police sources told ABC News, noting that there is an ongoing dispute between gangs in the three apartment complexes.

Commissioner Bratton questioned why the suspect in the police shooting was diverted to a drug program after his arrest last year as part of a group of 19 violent drug dealers operating in an East Harlem apartment complex.

Howard was ordered into a court-mandated drug diversion program, which is meant to keep some drug offenders from further crowding already overcrowded jails, after his arrest last October, Bratton noted.

But Howard stopped taking part in the program in May.

"If ever there was a candidate to not have been diverted, it would be this guy. He is a poster boy for not being diverted," Bratton said during today's news conference. "He would have been the last person in New York City I would have wanted to see in a diversion program. He has no propensity, with the number of arrests over a many year period of time, of changing his ways."

Comments (10)

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Don @ 10/22/2015 4:00 PM

Where is the outcry from the "black lives matter" crew...From the photos,it appears the slain officer was black. Or do they think only certain back lives matters!!

Morg @ 10/22/2015 4:19 PM

He was on diversion because Judges and DAs don't care. There is no other excuse. Drug court is for users, not dealers. Diversion was meant to help users get clean. The Judge and DA have blood on their hands and should be held accountable. If that mutt had murdered a Judge's or DAs kid then it would get their attention. Until that happens they won't give a damn.

Bob peterson @ 10/22/2015 8:18 PM

Too bad the judge can't be held responsible.

OK @ 10/23/2015 4:22 AM

You can't only blame the judge, he is/was just following the directives of the current political climate in this country. Kinder and gentler policies, screw the victim, pity the perp, redeem the unredemmable because it makes for a good bumper sticker and sound bite.
Sadly this has all happened before and in less than 6 weeks when something shiny catches the attention of the American public, the rage and disbelief will fade and be forgotten until happens again.

S.S. @ 10/23/2015 7:48 AM

b.l.m. isn't raising hell for 2 reasons; 1. it's not in their best interest. 2. Since he was a cop, they don't care.

sgtken @ 10/23/2015 3:34 PM

People complain that this country has such an high incarceration rate, but maybe it is because we are keeping more criminals like this off the street.

Kojack58 @ 10/23/2015 3:49 PM

Yes and now the President is letting 6,000 Federal prisoners back out on the street. I know I can' leave this country but I am going to find a spot where I can see trespassers coming a mile away. Now put the sob to death for killing the officer period. Oh hell let's just clean out death rows that will save a lot of money.

Leonard Mather @ 10/23/2015 4:17 PM

This is one of the better examples of "Shit Happens." BLM is irrelevant because being a LEO supersedes BLM, rendering it void. Diligent usage and knowledge of
being Diverted, its relevance, its criteria and its intricacies are needed BY THE JUDGES! Mastery of one's field of duty is required. A committee of LEOs should be appointed to advise and or approve appointments so that efficiency and accuracy become the focus.

Tschako @ 10/24/2015 9:54 PM

Now, I read on another P-1 story that a different judge gave this AH DIVERSION AGAIN when charged with the killing. Unbelievable!!!

Duke @ 10/25/2015 5:18 PM

Worthless cop killer. But it's Newyork and they're liberal pigs. I will not be surprised of they let that worthless criminal slime
Bag walk.

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