Western PA Police Officer Shooting Suspect Taken Into Custody, Fallen Officer’s Handcuffs Used

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New Kensington, PA — UPDATE: As of 5:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, Rahmael Holt is in custody.

Pennsylvania State Police announced they caught Holt via their Twitter page:

A video shows Holt being taken in and out of his arraignment in New Kensington this morning. The handcuffs used on Holt belonged to Officer Brian Shaw, reports WTAE.

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Investigators have identified a suspect in the death of a western Pennsylvania police officer who was gunned down during a traffic stop.

Rahmael Sal Holt, 29, shot and killed officer Brian Shaw on Friday, police said.

“Consider Holt armed and dangerous,” the Pennsylvania State Police tweeted.

Brian Shaw had been a patrolman with New Kensington’s police department for less than a year when he was killed Friday night, according to police Chief James Klein.

The traffic stop resulted in a foot chase before Shaw, 25, was shot, Klein said.

New Kensington is about 20 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

Authorities had originally put up a $40,000 reward for information leading to the suspect’s arrest. By Monday, that total has risen to more than $53,000.

Officers from Westmoreland County and neighboring Allegheny County, as well as Pittsburgh police, combed the area overnight and processed the scene, <a href=”http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2017/11/17/new-kensington-officer-shooting/&#8221; target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>CNN affiliate KDKA reported</a>.

Trooper Stephen J. Limani, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania State Police, emphasized the importance of any information people can provide.

“If you look back in the history of many horrific incidents, a very small, minute tip could be the tipping point to lead us in a direction of who the person was that committed this crime,” Limani said.

Shaw graduated from the Allegheny County Police Training Academy in 2014, according to a post on the <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/AlleghenyCountyPolice/posts/742129739315586&#8243; target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Allegheny County Police Department’s Facebook page. </a>

“Officer Brian Shaw, you were taken from us too soon,” the department wrote. “You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin tweeted his condolences to Shaw’s family and New Kensington police.

Shaw played for Slippery Rock University’s football team, according to the school athletic department’s <a href=”https://twitter.com/Rock_Athletics/status/931863694832820225&#8243; target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Twitter page</a>.

“Words can’t describe how I feel,” head football coach <a href=”http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2017/11/18/slippery-rock-coach-on-fallen-officer/&#8221; target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Shawn Lutz told KDKA</a>. “He was part of our 2011 and 2013 championship teams.”

Shaw was the team’s kicker, Lutz said. The university is about an hour’s drive north of Pittsburgh.

“He said he wanted to be a police officer, he was a hard working guy, such a positive young man,” Lutz said of his former player. “Every time I think about Brian, I think of such a positive guy who would be successful at anything he did.”


  • warningfakenews

    I’m going to give it one more shot- totally rephrased.

    The US constitution affirms and enumerates our rights, it does not grant them. The document is solely there to limit the size and scope of government, to define what it can and, more importantly, cannot do.

    Police play a role in this. They are first sworn to protect and defend that document. They are actually supposed to be on our (the people’s) side of it. Unfortunately, many of them see their role as functioning as an agent of the government rather than an agent of the people. We reserve the right to discharge them of their duties when they cross that line. They should be on the people’s side, first and foremost- and when they are- they should be richly rewarded. It’s tough work, but we need them to stand up to tyranny, not become the hired hand of tyranny.

  • warningfakenews

    To Harmony’s questions below: It’s a constitutional issue. I tried responding more than once. Not working.

    • warningfakenews

      I’ll explain it someday soon. I’m not in favor of citizens targeting cops or cops targeting citizens and both do happen. When either group acts as a gang would, it’s a problem.

      • I support the thin blue line

        So you’re saying that Officer Shaw was a gang member that deserved to get shot by a thug? Give it up already.

      • warningfakenews

        Nope. Didn’t say that, did I?

        Let’s not support thugs. This is true whether they are from society or wearing blue. I stand on the side of a free nation under the rights enumerated and affirmed (but not granted) by the US Constitution. The colors don’t matter, black, white, brown, blue. The constitution does.

  • "Undecided" Rides A Short Bus

    Really, Undecided? When your glass breaks at 3 AM don’t hesitate to call Rahmael Sal Holt to save your worthless ass. Maybe then you’ll be able to make up your mind.

  • Noballs

    Be sure to let your phone service provider to block you from calling 911, put that ‘I hate cops’ bumper sticker on your car, and do the same with a sign in your front yard. With any luck some day they’ll ignore you when you need them.

  • CeeMe

    Of course, he’s black. Another black with a victim and thug mentality and a stupid name. BLM, BLM, where are you? What do you have to say about this and why it was justified? Hope this guy rots in jail or better yet, in hell.

  • Bill

    You’ve just been waiting for a black person to make the headlines so you can spout off huh? How about all of the white scumbags that have been taking up a majority of the headlines lately? There’s good and bad in people as a whole no matter what race, religion, or social standing. quit it with the racist BS and grow the hell up.

    • Ebony and ivory

      But only one race makes it a point to say theirs matters more than anyone else’s. They are continuously the ones involved in violent crime and usually the ones pulling the trigger on police because they don’t want to pay for the crime they’ve done. Others lives are meaningless to them when it comes for them to be accountable for their own actions.

  • Lloyd Schmucatelli

    Glad he’s caught.

    Handcuffs though? Theater.

    Similar to one high school football team stealing another football teams mascot.

    • warningfakenews

      Yup. Theater indeed. Stuff like this doesn’t really help. This furthers an “us vs. them” mentality which actually enflames relations with the public whom they serve. Let that be society’s cuffs on the man, and let that be society’s justice system, respectful of the man’s Constitutional rights to a fair trial in front of a jury of his peers which decides his fate. Let us celebrate that we accept the outcome, whatever it is, as the price we pay to enjoy the freedoms we have.

      • Harmony

        Us versus them… Do you mean good guys vs. bad guys, white vs. black, police vs. society? What? Where are you going with this?

      • warningfakenews

        I’ve tried elaborating on this several times here but it’s not getting posted even when I’ve rephrased it. It’s a constitutional issue.

  • Mary Wilding

    YES!!! Let there be justice for Officer Brian Shaw and his family. My heartfelt condolences to the New Kensington Police Department and his family and friends.

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