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Suspect arrested in Pennsylvania police officer shooting

The 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.

This undated photo provided by the Pennsylvania State Police shows Rahmael Sal Holt. Authorities are seeking Holt as a suspect in the fatal shooting of a rookie police officer on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. (Pennsylvania State Police via AP)

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.

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“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.

In a Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 photo, New Kensington police Chief Jim Klein rests his head on a squad car at Rusiewicz funeral home in Lower Burrell, Pa., as the remains of New Kensington police officer Brian Shaw are brought to Rusiewicz funeral home. Shaw was killed during a traffic stop on Nov. 17. (Jack Fordyce/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review via AP)

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.”