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Authorities issue warrant for Pa. rookie cop killer's arrest

Rahmael Sal Holt, 29, is accused of killing Officer Brian Shaw


Associated Press

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. — Authorities are seeking a suspect in the fatal shooting of a rookie police officer.

Pennsylvania state police have issued an arrest warrant for 29-year-old Rahmael Sal Holt. He's accused of killing New Kensington Officer Brian Shaw during a traffic stop Friday night.

A SWAT team walks along a street in the neighborhood where a police officer was fatally shot Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in New Kensington, Pa. (Rebecca Droke/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)
A SWAT team walks along a street in the neighborhood where a police officer was fatally shot Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in New Kensington, Pa. (Rebecca Droke/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

Authorities say the 25-year-old Shaw was shot in the chest while chasing Holt on foot. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Holt faces charges of murder and murder of a police officer.

Investigators say they know why the traffic stop occurred. But they won't provide further details, citing the ongoing investigation.

Shaw had served as a part-time officer in three other towns before joining the New Kensington force full time in June.

New Kensington is about 18 miles (29 kilometers) northeast of Pittsburgh.

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