Officer's Funeral Visitation Begins As Manhunt Continues In Deadly New Kensington Police Shooting

Nov 20, 2017

Funeral visitation began Monday for New Kensington Police Officer Brian Shaw, who was shot and killed Friday night during a traffic stop.

Police said Sunday they arrested Tavon Jamere Harper, the driver of an SUV who fled the encounter and left behind a passenger. Rahmael Sal Holt, 29, allegedly ran away on foot and fatally shot Shaw in the chest during the pursuit. 

New Kensington Police Officer Brian Shaw
Credit Allegheny County Police Department

Investigators tracked down Harper and found him Saturday with $2,500 cash and bags of suspected heroin, according to a criminal complaint.

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

Shaw tried to pull over the Jeep Cherokee driven by 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."

Police are also trying to find a woman named Lisa Harrington. Authorities have not said how she's connected to the investigation.

Authorities said Shaw, a 25-year-old rookie officer, was shot in the chest while chasing Holt on foot. He was hired full-time in New Kensington in June.

Viewing will continue at Rusiewicz Funeral Home in Lower Burrell on Tuesday. Shaw's funeral is set for Wednesday at Mount Saint Peter Church.

Officers from different towns and municipalities have pitched 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," Guzzo said. "We could not be doing this without them."