Suspect in killing of NYPD cop set to be in court

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Tyrone Howard, seen here in a New York state booking photo, is accused of opening fire the night of Oct. 20, 2015, and killing NYPD Officer Randolph Holder on a footpath along the FDR Drive. (Photo: New York State Department of Corrections)

Tyrone Howard, seen here in a New York state booking photo, is accused of opening fire the night of Oct. 20, 2015, and killing NYPD Officer Randolph Holder on a footpath along the FDR Drive. (Photo: New York State Department of Corrections)

MANHATTAN – The suspect in the shooting death of Officer Randolph Holder will be in court today.

Tyrone Howard, 30, has been charged with the first degree murder of Holder and robbery.

Police found a gun in the East River that forensics later connected the weapon to the slaying on Monday.

Howard’s arrest record includes 16 prior arrests, most recently for drug offenses . He was arrested about a year ago for drug charges.

Officer Holder’s death marks the fourth time in less than a year that an NYPD officer was killed in the line of duty.