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Suspect in New Kensington police officer’s death has been arrested

he suspect in the shooting death of New Kensington Police Officer Brian Shaw on Friday night has been taken into custody, and court documents show that three people — including his mother — are charged with hindering apprehension.

State police announced the arrest of Rahmael Holt early Tuesday morning and said a news conference would be held later to discuss details. The 29-year-old Natrona Heights man is charged with murder of a law enforcement officer and firearms violations. He was taken into custody shortly before 5:30 a.m. in Pittsburgh’s Hazelwood section.

Shaw, 25, had been with the New Kensington department less than a year, Chief Jim Klein said.
Officer Brian Shaw while on the job in October
Police have said that Shaw attempted a traffic stop on Leishman Avenue at about 8 p.m. Friday, which led to a foot pursuit of Holt, who they said was a passenger in the vehicle. Shots were fired during the foot chase, and Shaw was fatally wounded, police said.

The alleged driver, Tavon Harper, 27, left the scene and was later arrested at his home in New Kensington, police said. He faces drug and fleeing charges, but is not charged in connection with Shaw’s death.

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