Suspect identified in deadly police shooting

Pennsylvania State Police have identified the 29-year-old man accused of fatally shooting a police officer just outside Pittsburgh on Friday during a traffic stop.

Rahmael Sal Holt 

Rahmael Sal Holt is the focus of a nationwide manhunt with police describing him as “armed and dangerous.”

Brian Shaw had been a patrolman with New Kensington’s police department for less than a year when he was killed at about 8:15 p.m. Friday during a traffic stop, police Chief James Klein told WFMZ-69 News. 

Authorities say the 25-year-old Shaw was shot in the chest while chasing Holt on foot.

Residents who came to Shaw’s aid immediately following the gunfire said he was “gasping for air” and not responsive.

Investigators later recovered an older model brown Jeep Grand Cherokee wanted in connection with the shooting. State police said Saturday that investigators know why the suspected shooter was pulled over but would not provide further details, citing the ongoing investigation.

Authorities are offering a $40,000 reward for information on the shooting. The FBI has contributed $25,000 to the reward, while the U.S. Marshals Service offered $5,000 and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will contribute up to $10,000.

New Kensington is about 18 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. Police officers from neighboring towns continued to scour the area for Holt Saturday with SWAT teams and police dogs assisting, PennLive reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Pamela Sroka-Holzmann may be reached at pholzmann@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow her on Twitter @pamholzmann. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.

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