Suspected Killer of Pennsylvania Police Officer Arrested After 3-day Manhunt

The suspected killer of a New Kensington police officer has been arrested after a three-day manhunt, authorities said early Tuesday.

State police said 29-year-old Rahmael Sal Holt was taken into custody without incident in Hazelwood at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday. Holt is accused of killing New Kensington Officer Brian Shaw during a traffic stop Friday night.

: Accused cop killer in custody. @PSPTroopAPIO: “Holt is in custody. A presser is tentatively scheduled for 10. Thanks to everyone who called in and to the citizens of the New Kensington area who supported law enforcement efforts during this difficult time.”

The FBI, Marshals, Allegheny County Police and the Pittsburgh SWAT team surrounded a home in the 5000 block of Ladora Way. They had been following Holt throughout the night as he moved from Duquesne to Homewood and eventually to the home in Hazelwood, reports CBS Pittsburgh.

Three people were arrested for hindering Holt’s apprehension, including his mother, the station says. Four other people were arrested on outstanding warrants.

Earlier, police in suburban Pittsburgh said they arrested the driver of an SUV who fled the traffic stop and left Holt behind.

On Sunday, police arrested Tavon Jamere Harper, who they allege fled the traffic stop after Holt bolted from the SUV.

They tracked down Harper and found him Saturday with $2,500 cash and bags of suspected heroin, according to a criminal complaint.

The next day, detectives filed drug and fleeing charges against Harper. He doesn’t face charges in connection with Shaw’s death.

Shaw tried to pull over the Jeep Cherokee driven by Harper at 8 p.m. Friday, according to a complaint filed by Westmoreland County Detective Ray Dupilka.

“The Jeep never stopped,” Dupilka wrote in the complaint.

District Attorney John Peck said Shaw was attempting to pull the SUV over for a traffic violation that he characterized as “something minor.”

Authorities said the 25-year-old rookie officer was shot in the chest while chasing Holt on foot.

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Source: CBS News