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Police chief: Accepted new job day before officer's shooting

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 27, 2017 12:05 PM
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The electronic sign for Mount Saint Peter Church displays an image of New Kensington Police Officer Brian Shaw on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, in New Kensington, Pa. The funeral for Shaw, who was shot and killed after a traffic stop on Friday, will be held at the church on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)


(New Kensington) -- A western Pennsylvania police chief who oversaw the department when a rookie officer was fatally shot during a traffic stop says he accepted a new job a day before the shooting.

New Kensington Police Chief Jim Klein tells the Tribune-Review he's retiring from the department where he has worked since 1992.

He accepted a job as captain of UPMC's police and security service on Nov. 16. The next day, 25-year-old Officer Brian Shaw was shot and killed.

Klein says the new job "was in motion before the incident."

Police say 29-year-old Rahmael Holt shot Shaw after the officer attempted to make a traffic stop. The shooting led to a four-day manhunt.

Holt's faces charges including murder of a law enforcement officer.

An earlier story appears below. 

(New Kensington) -- A western Pennsylvania police chief who oversaw the department when a rookie officer was fatally shot during a traffic stop is resigning.

New Kensington Mayor Thomas Guzzo said Sunday Chief Jim Klein discussed his resignation with him Nov. 16. The mayor says Klein told his officers the next day, hours before 25-year-old Officer Brian Shaw was shot and killed.

Guzzo says Klein is leaving for another undisclosed position. His last day has not been announced.

Police say 29-year-old Rahmael Holt shot Shaw after the officer attempted to make a traffic stop. The shooting led to a four-day manhunt.

Klein previously said the department felt a "small sense of relief" after Holt's arrest.

Holt has been arraigned on charges that include murder of a law enforcement officer.

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