Officer Shaw's Killer Identified - Could Be Anywhere
New Kensington, PA - Police have identified the man who gunned down New Kensington Police Officer Brian Shaw on Friday, November 17.
Warrants for murder and firearm possession have been issued against Rahmael Sal Holt, age 29, of Natrona Heights, according to 6ABC .
The search continues for Holt, and police need your help in locating him. A $43,500 reward is being offered for information leading to Holt's arrest.
In a press conference held on Saturday, New Kensington Police Chief Kline had a message for Holt.
“We will find you, we will arrest you and we will prosecute you, so you are held accountable."
Officer Shaw was shot in the chest after a traffic stop and short foot pursuit.
After he was shot, he was transported to Allegheny Hospital where he died.
He was wearing his ballistic vest at the time he was shot.
Holt fled, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee that he was driving was found abandoned about two hours after the incident.
Police said that they know why Officer Shaw stopped Holt about 8 PM on Friday but have not released the information.
In a social media post, public information officers from Troop A of the Pennsylvania State Police said:
"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."
Officer Shaw worked part-time at three other agencies before joining the New Kensington Police Department full-time in June.
Chief Kline said that despite his relatively short time with the agency, Officer Shaw was a "young, bright, energetic, caring officer that was loved by his family and members of this police department," according to the New York Daily News.
“He gave his life protecting this community."
Nicole Drum, whose family lives across the street from where Officer Shaw was shot, said she heard six or seven shots. Two of those shots were later found to have struck her house.
She said she looked outside and saw Officer Shaw fall. Drum said she ran outside to help Officer Shaw, and was the first person to assist the fallen officer.
"I was trying to talk to him. He wasn't responding," she said.
Please help get this everywhere on social media so that Rahmael Holt can be brought to justice before he kills again.