The man suspected of shooting and killing a Pennsylvania police officer was captured Tuesday, officials said, ending a days-long dragnet.
Rahmael Sal Holt, 29, surrendered to police about 5 a.m. Tuesday at a Hazelwood house in Pittsburgh after police received a tip he was there, officers said at a press conference. Police also arrested eight people, including Holt’s mother, on charges including stymie apprehend. Authorities filed charges of first-degree slaying and assassination of a police officer against Holt on Saturday.
Holt is accused of killing New Kensington police officer Brian Shaw Friday night about 18 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. Shaw, 25, was conducting a traffic stop and attempted to pull over a Jeep Cherokee driven by Tavon Jamere Harper at 8 p. m ., according to a complaint by Westmoreland County Detective Ray Dupilka.
“The Jeep never stopped, ” the complaint stated.
Holt allegedly bolted and ran from the SUV as Harper fled the scene in the vehicle. Holt allegedly fired multiple shoots at Shaw, striking the policeman at least six hours, including in the chest, during a chase on foot, officials said. Shaw was rushed to the hospital where he later died.
Shaw had pulled the SUV over for “something minor, ” District Attorney John Peck said. Officials said at the Tuesday news conference Shaw was wearing a bulletproof vest at the time and did not appear to have fired his handgun.
Harper was apprehended on Sunday after police tracked him down the day before with $2,500 cash and bags of suspected heroin, the criminal complaint stated. Drug charges were filed against Harper and does not face any other charges in connection with Shaw’s death.
A reward for info leading to Holt’s arrest topped $55,000 on Monday.
Shaw served as a part-time officer in three other townships before joining the New Kensington force full time in June.
The Associated Press contributed to this report .
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