Manhunt Underway for Gunman Who Killed Rookie Cop

Suspect is said to be "armed and dangerous"
By Gina Carey,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 19, 2017 4:00 PM CST
Manhunt Underway for Gunman Who Killed Rookie Cop
Police say Rahmael Sal Holt, 29, shot and killed officer Brian Shaw on Friday.   (Twitter: Troop A Public Information Officers)

Police have identified a suspect in the tragic shooting of a rookie officer in western Pennsylvania. Per CNN, authorities named Rahmael Sal Holt, 29, as the alleged gunman who killed officer Brian Shaw Friday during a traffic stop turned foot chase. Details about the incident are still unfolding, including why Holt was pulled over and how many gunshots were fired, the Washington Post reports. A warrant for Holt’s arrest has been issued. “Consider Holt armed and dangerous!” Pennsylvania State Police warned in a tweet calling for tips. A $40,000 reward has been posted for information leading to the suspect’s arrest as a manhunt is under way (the money was reportedly pooled from multiple agencies, including the FBI.)

"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,” said a Pennsylvania State Police spokesman. The Allegheny County Police Department offered condolences to Shaw’s family and colleagues in a Facebook post, writing, “Your life mattered and you will be missed.” Shaw, 25, had been on the force for under a year. According to his obituary, he is survived by his parents, brother, grandmother, and girlfriend. “He will always be remembered for his charismatic, outgoing personality and addictive smile,” it said. (More police stories.)

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