Chief James Klein of the New Kensington Police Department in Pennsylvania sadly reports the death of Officer Brian Shaw.
Officer Shaw, 25, was shot and killed during a foot pursuit that followed a traffic stop.
Shaw had made a traffic stop for a minor traffic infraction. Reports indicate that the vehicle, a brown older model Jeep Grand Cherokee, was the vehicle involved. It had a temporary license plate (KNP9119) attached. During the traffic stop, the driver of the suspect vehicle fled in the vehicle for a couple of blocks then abruptly stopped and abandoned the vehicle. The suspect exited the driver’s door and fled on foot. Shaw pursued the suspect on foot.
During the foot pursuit, the suspect stopped, turned to face Shaw, drew a firearm and shot him multiple times. The suspect then continued his flight leaving the officer laying in the street.
While the suspect vehicle was apparently used to help the shooter flee after the shooting, authorities report that it has been recovered.
Citizens, who said that several shots were fired, exited their homes and came to render aid to Shaw. He was transported to Allegheny Valley Hospital for emergency medical treatment, but succumbed to his gunshot wounds shortly after arrival.
The entire shooting was captured on a citizen’s home surveillance video, which assisted in identifying the shooter.
Police have identified the shooting suspect as Rahmael Sal Holt, 29, reported Action 4 News. A warrant has been issued for his arrest as the manhunt continues.
“I’m asking anybody with any information, as minute as they think it might be, please, please give us a call. We need to find the person who did this,” Klein said after the shooting on Friday night.
Update New Kensington Police Officer Shooting: Rahmael Sal HOLT (DOB 05/31/88) has been identified as the person who shot and killed Officer Shaw. A warrant has been issued for Holt's arrest. Consider Holt armed and dangerous! Call 911 with info on his location. Pictured below pic.twitter.com/6L6vqQ0WVs
— Troop A Public Information Officers (@PSPTroopAPIO) November 19, 2017
“Their department is grieving from the loss of one of their brothers, and if you have any information, please contact 911,” Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Stephen Limani said. “It’s very important that we get any bit of information that we can to find the person who committed this homicide.”
Nicole Drum saw Shaw fall to the ground and tried to save him. She said, “I heard about six to seven gunshots and I heard something hit my house I wasn’t positive until later on that it actually hit our house.”
She said, “I didn’t think twice. I went outside and just ran out there and I probably shouldn’t have ran out there like that because the shooter was obviously still on the loose.”
Drum said it was the right thing to do to help someone who spent his life protecting others.
Pittsburgh police as well as so many others have offered their condolences.
— Pittsburgh Police (@PghPolice) November 18, 2017
Authorities have put up a $40,000 reward for information leading to the suspect’s arrest, according to a Pennsylvania State Police spokesman, with money pooled from multiple agencies, including the US Marshals Service, the FBI, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Shaw’s friends remembered him as a happy, helpful man who loved being a police officer, reported triblive.com.
“Ever since he was 17 or 18, that was all he talked about,” said Shaw’s friend, Allie Wilhelm. “He was like, ‘It’s my calling.'”
“I ran into him about six months ago, he was in uniform and he looked great. He looked happy, so happy,” Wilhelm said.
“He was a great family man and always thought about his community, and always wanted to help anyone he could,” said classmate David Fleck.
Ciara Herbst, Shaw’s friend and former coworker, said Shaw’s happiness was infectious.
“He was the most genuine guy,” she said. “He honestly cared about everyone and wasn’t leaving somewhere unless everyone had a smile on his face.”
New Kensington Patrolman Brian Shaw shot dead in Fri night traffic stopfoot chase. ATF posts $5,000 reward. CALL 911 pic.twitter.com/CRAal5RWxY
— Ralph Iannotti (@IannottiRalph) November 18, 2017
This happened 5 weeks ago. The boy in this picture had just gotten a pair of toy handcuffs and saw Brian Shaw eating dinner and wanted to show him his cuffs. Shaw spent time with the boy, showing him his "real" cuffs.
Mom who took this picture: "We need more Brians" pic.twitter.com/zpiGzWehYC
— David Kaplan (@DKaplanWTAE) November 18, 2017
Brian Shaw served the New Kensington Police Department for five months. He had previously served at the Cheswick Police Department, Frazer Police Department, and the Springdale Township Police Department. Officer Shaw is survived by his parents and siblings.
Officer Brian Shaw is gone, but will never be forgotten. EOW: Friday, November 17, 2017.
(Graphics courtesy Rose Borisow GrafX)
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