Police arrest suspect in fatal shooting of Pennsylvania police officer

Police in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday said they arrested a suspect who they believe fatally shot a rookie police officer.

The Pennsylvania State police announced the arrest of 29-year-old Rahmael Sal Holt early Tuesday morning after offering a reward of up to $55,000 for information leading to his apprehension.

Earlier, authorities arrested Tavon Jamere Harper, who they said was behind the wheel of an SUV on Friday night when he and Holt were stopped by New Kensington police officer Brian Shaw, 25, inside the parking lot of the Assemblies of God Church.

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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.

Holt is accused of shooting the young officer in the chest and bolting on foot as Harper sped away, according to police. Shaw had only been on the force six months.

Holt faces charges of murder of a police officer.

His mother, Sherry Holt, told a local news outlet Monday that her son wished to turn himself in, but he wanted to ensure his that his surrender would be a peaceful one.

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Kensington Police Chief James Klein and Lisa Shaw, mother of slain New Kensington Police Officer Brian Shaw share a moment while waiting at the Rusiewicz Funeral Home for the procession to arrive, Nov. 18, 2017, in New Kensington, Pa.

Pennsylvania State police did not offer details on how he was captured, but they said they would offer more details at a press conference later Tuesday morning.

Shaw, a native of Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania, graduated from Burrell High School in 2010 and went on to graduate from Slippery Rock University with a degree in criminal justice, according to his obituary.

After graduating from Allegheny County Police Academy, Shaw became a part-time police officer at several departments.

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

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