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Authorities seek suspect in fatal shooting of Pa. police officer

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 20, 2017 1:27 AM
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This undated photo provided by the Pennsylvania State Police shows Rahmael Sal Holt. Authorities are seeking Holt as a suspect in the fatal shooting of a rookie police officer on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. (Pennsylvania State Police via AP)

(New Kensington) -- Authorities are seeking a suspect in the fatal shooting of a rookie police officer in western Pennsylvania.

State police have issued an arrest warrant for 29-year-old Rahmael Sal Holt. He's accused of killing New Kensington Officer Brian Shaw during a traffic stop Friday night.

Authorities say the 25-year-old Shaw was shot in the chest while chasing Holt on foot in Westmoreland County. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Holt faces charges of murder and murder of a police officer.

Investigators say they know why the traffic stop occurred. But they won't provide further details, citing the ongoing investigation.

Shaw had served as a part-time officer in three other towns before joining the New Kensington force full time in June.

New Kensington is about 18 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

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