Police go public with information about man they say gunned down rookie cop in the street

Just over a day after a 25-year-old rookie police officer was gunned down during a traffic stop, investigators think they know who killed him and are calling on the public to help them find the suspect.

As CrimeOnline reported, Brian Shaw was shot and killed during a foot pursuit that stemmed from the traffic stop Friday evening in the Pittsburgh suburb of New Kensington, Pennsylvania.

In a news conference Friday night, Police Chief Jim Klein asked anyone with information to contact authorities and a $30,000 reward was reportedly offered for information leading to an arrest.

“We need to find the person who did this,” he said at the time.

By Sunday morning, police had named 29-year-old Rahmael Sal Holt as a suspect and obtained a warrant for his arrest, according to KPXI.

In light of the suspect’s identification, the reward being offered for information reportedly grew.

Police initially warned that the suspect should be treated as armed and dangerous, a warning that remained in updates after Holt was identified.

With his identity public, Holt’s criminal record soon followed in news reports.

He has faced multiple criminal charges over the past decade, including drug and firearm offenses as well as resisting arrest, tampering with evidence and simple assault.

According to Nicole Drum, a local resident who lives across the street from where the shooting took place, her home was also hit.

She told WPVI that she was the first person to approach Shaw after he was shot, noting that he was unresponsive. The patrolman was pronounced dead after arriving at an area hospital.

Police have not announced why Shaw initiated the traffic stop. It also remains unclear whether he returned fire during the incident.

Anyone with information regarding Holt’s whereabouts is asked to call 911.

[Featured image: Brian Shaw, Rahmael Sal Holt/Allegheny County Police, Handout]