Police Have Identified The Man Who Gunned Down New Kensington Police Officer Brian Shaw

A Pennsylvania police chief offered swift justice for the gunman responsible for slaying his rookie officer during a Friday night traffic stop.

“We will find you, we will arrest you and we will prosecute you, so you are held accountable,” New Kensington Police Chief Jim Klein said somberly during a rainy press conference Saturday.

Westmoreland County detectives — along with state and federal authorities — are leading the dogged search for the elusive shooter that killed Officer Brian Shaw a few blocks from the Allegheny River.

An arrest warrant on murder and firearm possession charges was issued for 29-year-old Rahmael Holt in Shaw’s death late Saturday, according to court records and Pennsylvania State Police.

Brian Shaw joined the New Kensington Police Department in June and was killed Friday night.

Holt, of Natrona Heights, is accused of mortally wounding the 25-year-old officer with a gunshot wound to his chest, despite having worn a bulletproof vest, according to police.

Neighbors Nicole Drum and Brad Larocca heard the fatal gunfire — at least six quick shots — across the street from their homes and rushed outside to help the downed officer.

Nicole Drum tried talking to Shaw but he was unable to answer her.


 “He was gasping for air,” Larocca told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

A .40 caliber slug reportedly pierced Drum’s home during the attack but it’s unclear who fired the shot. Investigators did not say if Shaw managed to return fire.

Drum’s father, Wayne Drum, said investigators took hard drives for a security camera mounted to their home as evidence. The camera reportedly captured the shooting.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Rahmael Holt, 29, in the death of Officer Brian Shaw. 

An arrest warrant has been issued for Rahmael Holt, 29, in the death of Officer Brian Shaw.