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Heroic NYPD Officer Chased and Took Down Alleged Cop Killer

June 30, 2016  | 

Manhattan prosecutors on Wednesday played dramatic footage of a brave officer on foot chasing a career criminal who’d just fatally shot another NYPD officer in East Harlem last year.

Police Officer Kristen Swinkunas and her partner were driving south on Harlem River Drive with lights flashing and sirens blaring when they spotted Tyrone Howard, 31, standing on the freeway’s divider, she said at a Manhattan Supreme Court hearing, the New York Post reports.

“My partner said to me. ‘Right there, there!’ I automatically threw the car in park and jumped out,” she said of the Oct. 20 foot chase. “As soon as he saw our vehicle stop, he took off running.”

She shouted, “Get on the f—king ground!” as she sprinted after him at least 25 feet as he fled north into a steady stream of southbound traffic.

After repeated orders, Howard, who was shot in the buttocks and leg, finally complied, she said.

Minutes earlier Howard allegedly murdered NYPD officer Randolph Holder, 33, during a foot chase following a drug-related shootout in East Harlem.

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kevcopAz @ 7/1/2016 7:40 AM

Good police work, great job but "heroic"? People this is our job, what would one have the officer do in this circumstance,run away? No mention of the partner either,not disparaging this officer who did as she was trained to do and did it well, but are we making a bigger deal then this is due to the officer being female perhaps? Just saying.I think many of you will agree, the word "hero" is used way to much and applied when it is not the case.All first responders should be respected as brave for doing a very dangerous job as should our armed forces I can't say that enough. Yet each and every time an officer/fire fighter etc acts its not "heroic", its what we train to do and what we are there for end of story. Im tired of true hero actions being lessened by not so "heroic" actions.One is a hero when one risks their life above and beyond your duty, when others, even in your same circumstances, would not take such action and would not be expected to. Words have meanings, don't misuse them.

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