NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. - State police 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, is now the focus of a nationwide manhunt.
The shooting happened shortly after 8 p.m. Friday in New Kensington, about 18 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. Officer Brian Shaw, 25, was shot after a traffic stop involving an SUV led to him chasing someone on foot, authorities said.
Police later recovered an older model of an unoccupied brown Jeep Grand Cherokee, wanted in connection with the shooting.
Police said Holt is thought to have been the operator of that vehicle.
Authorities warn that Holt should be considered armed and dangerous.
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.
Shaw had served as a part-time officer in three other towns before joining the New Kensington police force full time in June.
He was taken to a hospital after the shooting but was pronounced dead there a short time later, according to authorities.
Police officers from neighboring towns continue to scour the area for clues leading to Holt’s location.
State Police in Pittsburgh say there is now a $40,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.
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