Police in New Kensington, Pennsylvania are on the hunt for a suspect after he shot and killed a 25-year-old officer during a traffic stop.
Officer Brian Shaw was fatally shot while pursuing the suspect on foot Friday night. He was identified by authorities hours later, and his body was transported to a local funeral home the next day. Shaw was a rookie officer, having been with the department for less than one year.
Multiple agencies in Pennsylvania have offered rewards for information leading to the arrest of the suspect, who fled the scene on foot.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Shaw Approached the Suspect & he Suddenly Fled
At around 8 p.m. on November 17, Shaw made a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 1200 block of Leishman Avenue. Some time during the stop, the unidentified driver of the vehicle fled on foot. As Shaw pursued him on foot, the suspect shot him in the chest. He was given CPR on scene my emergency personnel, but he later died from his injuries.
Detectives from Westmoreland County are leading the investigation, and an autopsy of Shaw’s body has been complete.
2. A $40,000 Reward Has Been Offered for Information Leading to an Arrest of the Suspect
After shooting Shaw, the suspect fled the scene and remains at large. Officers located the Jeep that he was in during the traffic stop, and are actively searching. At a November 18 press conference, Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Steven Limani said that officers are aware of why the suspect was pulled over, but didn’t specify to the media. Law enforcement officers have since launched a statewide manhunt to find the suspect.
“There’s a lot of heavy hearts,” Limani said at the press conference. “They’re going through a tough process, but yet staying very focused on their job which is to continue this investigation, find the person who killed Officer Shaw and bring him to justice. New Kensington officers are doing exactly what happens and what they are trained to do. There’s a task at hand and that task is finding the person who killed their fellow officer. They are committed to that task, they’re focused on that task and I think when that task is finally over they’ll be able to step aside and go through the grieving process themselves.”
Several agencies are offering a reward to information leading to an arrest of the suspect. As of Saturday afternoon, that reward combined to be $40,000.
Police Chief Jim Klein urged anyone with any kind of information to come forward to help the investigation.
“I’m asking anybody, anybody with any information, as (small) as they think it might be, please, please give us a call,” Police Chief Jim Klein said at a press conference. “We need to find the person that did this.”
Anyone with information has been asked to call New Kensington police at 724-339-7534 or dial 911.
3. Community Members & Colleagues Joined in a Procession to a Funeral Home
Though he was with the department for only a number of months, many of Shaw’s colleagues are remembering his happiness and desire to be the best officer he could be. A door at the police department was seen draped in a black ribbon.
A procession of Shaw’s body took place Saturday, along Route 66 and Route 366 to the Rusiewicz Funeral Home, and numerous members of the community, colleagues and other law enforcement personnel joined in remembering the life Shaw lived.
As detectives investigate the incident, people have been dropping off food and refreshments at the police station for those working around the clock on the case. They’re also donating to the local fire department.
4. Shaw’s Lifelong Goal Was to Become a Police Officer
The summary section of Shaw’s LinkedIn account told his lifelong goal: “I want to be a successful law enforcement officer.”
Shaw graduated from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania in 2015, earning his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice/law enforcement administration. In 2014, he graduated from police training academy in Allegheny County and became an officer last year. His LinkedIn account also says he worked part-time as a sales associate at American Eagle Outfitters for three years (2012-15) and then at Family Video.
He worked as a New Kensington police officer for just five months. Before that, he worked as a part-time officer for three years with the Cheswick Police Department, the Frazer Police Department and the Springdale Township Police Department.
5. Shaw Was a Kicker on His College’s Football Team
Football was another passion of Shaws. He was a kicker and earned first-team all-conference recognition during high school as a junior and senior. He also played soccer and ran track and field, qualifying for the state track meet in the 4X400-meter relay as a sophomore and the 200-meter dash as a senior.
But football was the sport he ended up turning his attention to. Shaw was a kicking specialist on the NCAA Division II Slippery Rock football team, appearing in eight games as a freshman while sharing kickoff duties. He saw his playing time increase over the years and appeared in 11 games, recording 13 touchbacks in 2012.