Timeline leading up to arrest of suspect in death of Officer Shaw


PITTSBURGH - Rahmael Sal Holt, who is suspected in the shooting and killing New Kensington Officer Brian Shaw, is in custody after a days-long manhunt, officials said. 

After Holt was taken into custody, Channel 11 has learned more about the timeline leading up to Holt's arrest. 

NOV. 17, 2017

  • At 8 p.m., Shaw conducted a traffic stop in the 1200 block of Leishman Avenue.  Investigators said before he could stop the SUV, a man jumped out of the car before it stopped and began running. The person who ran from the car was captured on surveillance video shooting Officer Shaw. 
  • At 8:50 p.m., Shaw was transported to Allegheny Valley Hospital, where he died.
  • At 10:20 p.m., law enforcement officers found the SUV seen fleeing the scene. 


NOV. 18, 2017

  • Police announced a reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect in Shaw’s death. 
  • At 10:20 p.m., police interviewed Tavon Harper, the alleged driver of the SUV.  Investigators said Harper admitted to driving the SUV and Holt was in the passenger seat. According to court documents, Harper said he admitted to “clipping” Holt with his vehicle as he fled the scene. 

NOV. 19, 2017

  • Harper was arrested and charged with two counts of manufacture, delivery, possession with intent to deliver, and fleeing or attempting to elude police. 
  • At 1 a.m., investigators identified Rahmael Holt as the man suspected of shooting and killing Shaw. 

NOV. 20, 2017

  • Police identified and talked with Holt's family members. 
  • Sources told Channel 11 Holt that left a family member’s home in Duquesne and went to a home on Ladora Way in Hazelwood. 

NOV. 21, 2017

  • Early Monday morning, local, state and federal law enforcement officers surrounded the home on Ladora Way in Hazelwood.
  • At 5 a.m., investigators took Holt and seven others into custody, including Rahmael Holt's mother, Sherry Holt. She is charged with hindering apprehension. 
  • At 8:30 a.m., Rahmael Holt, wearing Shaw’s handcuffs, appeared in front of an Allegheny County judge.


  • At 9 a.m., the judge denied bail, and Holt was transported to New Kensington to face a magistrate.
  • At 9:30 a.m., Holt was transported from New Kensington to the Westmoreland County Jail. 

Holt has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Nov. 29. 



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