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Man Suspected of Killing PA Officer Arrested

Police Magazine - 5 hours 36 min ago

The man suspected in the fatal shooting of a New Kensington, PA, police officer is in custody.

According to police, 29-year-old Rahmael Sal Holt was arrested without incident around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday in Hazelwood. Holt is accused of killing 25-year-old Officer Brian Shaw on Friday.

The FBI, U.S. Marshals, Allegheny County Police and the Pittsburgh SWAT team made the arrest, KDKA TV reports.

Holt was transported to New Kensington, where he was led into the magistrate’s office around 9 a.m. The handcuffs used on Holt belonged to Officer Shaw.

Police have been searching for Holt since the shooting happened around 8:15 p.m. Friday after police tried to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle in New Kensington.

According to an affidavit, Officer Shaw attempted a traffic stop of a Jeep driven by Tavon Harper, 27. The Jeep never stopped, the affidavit said. Holt, a passenger, fled the vehicle on foot while Harper drove away, the affidavit said.

It was then that Holt, being pursued by Officer Shaw, fired multiple shots, killing the patrolman, according to the affidavit. Officer Shaw, shot at least once in the chest, was taken to Allegheny Valley Hospital in Natrona Heights, where he was pronounced dead.

Harper was taken into custody Monday by Westmoreland County detectives. Harper is charged with fleeing or attempting to elude and two drug offenses. He was arraigned and is being held in the Westmoreland County Prison on $500,000 straight bond.

Holt has a lengthy criminal record with previous arrests on drug charges, aggravated and simple assault, and carrying a firearm without a license.

The Post-Gazettte reports that court records show that Holt’s mother, Sherry, his cousin, Marcel Mason, and Mason’s girlfriend, Aysa Benson, have all been arrested and charged with hindering apprehension.

 

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Baltimore police find new evidence in slain detective's case

Police One - 5 hours 44 min ago

By Justin Fenton The Baltimore Sun

BALTIMORE — Armed with new autopsy findings, Baltimore Police investigators returned Monday to the scene where Det. Sean Suiter was fatally shot last week and said they had found “additional, significant” evidence.

“I’m very encouraged by the recovery of this evidence,” Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said Monday, declining to elaborate on what was discovered. “I think it’s going to help us identify the killer.”

Davis said the new findings were the result of an autopsy completed over the weekend, which formally ruled Suiter’s death as a homicide by shooting.

The commissioner appeared upbeat about the progress of the case, despite the investigation’s taking longer than usual for an agency accustomed to quickly identifying killers of its own. Since at least the 1960s, the city police department has never gone so long without identifying a suspect in the killing of a police officer.

Davis also said the discovery of new evidence bolstered his decision to keep the area around the Harlem Park crime scene locked down through last weekend, which had prompted criticism from some residents and the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland. Residents said their IDs were checked as they came and went from their homes.

“I would much rather endure some predictive criticism from the ACLU and others about that decision, than endure a conversation with Detective Suiter’s wife about why we didn’t do everything we possibly could do to recover evidence and identify the person who murdered her husband,” Davis said.

On Monday evening a small group congregated at the corner of West Franklin and Schroeder streets, getting as close as they could to the yard where Suiter was fatally shot. Police caution tape and patrol cars still blocked off some of the streets surrounding the crime scene. For a sixth night in a row, blue and red lights reflected off nearby Harlem Park rowhomes.

The group came to “pour love and light” into the neighborhood, said Baltimore Ceasefire organizer Erricka Bridgeford, and to “turn a murder location into sacred ground.”

Bridgeford, 45, plans to take similar actions at the scene of every murder in Baltimore. Along with other activists, she lit sage to cleanse the area, a process called “smudging.”

“Baltimore deserves light and love in the middle of all this darkness,” she said.

Police have said Suiter, 43, was investigating a still-unsolved homicide from December of last year when he saw a suspicious person in a vacant lot in the 900 block of Bennett Place. Suiter was shot once in the head, rushed to the hospital and pronounced dead the next day.

The reward for tips leading to an arrest and conviction remains at $215,000, which is believed to be an unprecedented amount in Maryland.

At least three shots were fired from Suiter’s own service weapon, which was recovered from the scene, police said. All recovered shell casings were matched to Suiter’s gun, but Davis cautioned that that does not necessarily mean no other gun was fired.

No suspect description has been given to the public since hours after the shooting, when Davis described the suspect as a black man wearing a black and white jacket.

He declined to say what the detective who was with Suiter has told investigators. The partner has not been publicly identified.

The crime scene was secured through the weekend because Suiter’s body was not taken for an autopsy until Saturday afternoon as his organs were donated. Davis said autopsies often provide new theories about the crime, including bullet trajectory and the shooter’s proximity to the victim.

Though investigators scoured the rowhome-sized lot where Suiter was shot, Davis said it was “not unique” to find evidence several days after a crime occurs.

Davis also confirmed that two people had been taken into custody, questioned, and released in the investigation. They were taken into custody after a raid in the 700 block of Dolphin Street, not far from the crime scene. They were not identified.

On Monday about 8:30 a.m., the only signs of the days-long crime scene were a squad car parked near the lot where Suiter was shot and a memorial around the corner on Schroeder Street. Crime scene tape no longer blocked access to the sidewalks.

But around noon, police began putting yellow tape back up and were looking at the dirt lot anew. Davis said it could be closed off for another day.

Later that evening, Bridgeford walked along the police tape on Franklin Street, burning sage. About a dozen others knelt on the nearby sidewalk, arms outstretched toward the vacant lot where Suiter was shot.

As he fell to his knees, Darnyle Wharton prayed for peace. He prayed for his city, for this neighborhood, for Suiter’s family and for everyone who knew him.

“I know it’s really hard for them right now,” said Wharton, 48. “He left that morning and they expected him to come home. And he didn’t. And he won’t again.”

Suiter’s daughter set up an online fundraiser — the authenticity of which was verified by both GoFundMe and the Police Department — on Sunday to collect donations to the family. It had raised more than $30,000 by Monday afternoon.

Police said funeral arrangements were not final but were expected to be announced next week.

Police asked anyone with information to call 911, the homicide unit at 410-396-2100 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

©2017 The Baltimore Sun


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Man accused of shooting rookie Pa. officer arrested

Police One - 6 hours 27 min ago

Associated Press

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. — The man accused of fatally shooting a rookie police officer in western Pennsylvania was taken into custody Tuesday, the state police said.

Details of the arrest of 29-year-old Rahmael Sal Holt were not immediately released. A news conference was planned for later Tuesday.

Holt is accused of killing New Kensington Officer Brian Shaw during a traffic stop Friday night.

Shaw tried to pull over a Jeep Cherokee driven by Tavon Jamere 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."

On Sunday, police arrested 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.

On Sunday, detectives filed drug and fleeing charges against Harper. He does not face charges in connection with Shaw's death.

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

A viewing resumes Tuesday and Shaw's funeral is set for Wednesday.

Officers from different towns and municipalities were pitching in on the manhunt so the town's police department could grieve Shaw's death and attend services, New Kensington Mayor Tom Guzzo said.

"The outpouring of support from the officers from all over western Pennsylvania has been extraordinary," he said. "We could not be doing this without them."


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Manhunt for Accused PA Cop Killer Continues, 1 Man Arrested

Police Magazine - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 18:22

While the manhunt for the accused killer of New Kensington, PA, Officer Brian Shaw continues, one man has been arrested in connection to the shooting.

Criminal complaints filed over the weekend said Officer Shaw, 25, pursued a passenger who jumped out of an SUV he tried to stop instead of pursuing the vehicle and died a short time later after being shot during the foot chase. The alleged driver has reportedly been arrested.

Tavon Jamere Harper, 27, of New Kensington, identified his passenger as Rahmael Sal Holt, 29, the complaints said, reports the Valley News Dispatch.

Holt is accused of firing multiple shots that wounded Shaw, police said.

Harper was arrested Sunday on fleeing and drug charges. He does not face charges in connection with Shaw's death.

The manhunt continued Monday for Holt. And the reward continues to grow for information leading to Holt's arrest, the Tribune-Review reports. The New Kensington Retired Chiefs pledged an additional $1,500, and the PA Crime Stoppers pledged $10,000, bringing the total reward to $55,000 for information leading to Holt's location and arrest, state police said Monday.

 

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