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.