Brian Shaw

Cops desperate to find fugitive who gunned down rookie officer during traffic stop

Authorities in Pennsylvania are asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating a man who fatally shot a New Kensington police officer Friday.

The incident occurred just after 8 p.m. during a traffic stop, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Patrolman Brian Shaw, 25, was reportedly shot during a foot pursuit that resulted from the stop.

According to WPXI, Shaw was hit twice in his chest. It is unclear from available reports whether the officer returned fire.

Shaw was taken from the scene to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. The suspect fled and continued to evade police as of Saturday morning.

“I’m asking anybody with information, as minute as they think it might be, please, please give us a call,” New Kensington Police Chief Jim Klein said Friday night. “We need to find the person who did this.”

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Investigators have reportedly found a vehicle they believe is connected to the crime, and agencies across the state have joined in the search for the suspect and in offering condolences to those who knew Shaw.

“You name the police department,” said Pennsylvania State Trooper Stephen Limani. “We all rally for each other and that’s what we’re doing right now in New Kensington.”

According to WTAE, authorities are offering a $30,000 reward for information resulting in the suspect’s arrest.

Police warn the gunman should be considered armed and dangerous, Fox News reported.

Shaw, who had been with the department for less than a year, wanted to pursue a career in law enforcement since he was a teenager, one friend recalled.

[Featured image: Brian Shaw/Facebook–Allegheny County Police]