Authorities in Pennsylvania are fired up after one of their own was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop.
New Kensington Police Chief Jim Klein said during a gloomy press conference, “We will find you, we will arrest you and we will prosecute you, so you are held accountable.”
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">RIP Officer Brian Shaw. Shot & killed last night in New Kensington, about 18 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. Suspect is still at large. EOW 11/17/17. <a href="https://t.co/4le0MSIOMu">https://t.co/4le0MSIOMu</a></p>— Nick Short 🇺🇸 (@PoliticalShort) <a href="https://twitter.com/PoliticalShort/status/931928649443319808?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 18, 2017</a></blockquote>
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Several law enforcement agencies including the FBI and Westmore County Detectives are now engaged in a widespread manhunt After 25-year-old Officer Brian Shaw, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, was shot and killed by a despicable killer during a traffic stop in New Kensington.
Chief Klein says the incident occurred just a few blocks from the Alleghany River, and that Shaw had yet to ask the suspect for his identification when he pulled out a firearm striking the officer fatally before speeding away.
The driver was in a Jeep Grand Cherokee that was later found abandoned just a few miles away from the homicide, which was registered to a Penn Hills resident.
Brian Shaw was a 2010 graduate of Burrell High School, of which was deeply admired by those who went to school with him.
“Ever since he was 17 or 18, that was all he talked about,” classmate Allie Wilhelm said of Shaw.
Shaw graduated from the Allegheny County Police Training Academy in 2014 and the Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania the following year, when he joined the New Kensington Police Department.
Chief Klein said Shaw was a “young, bright, energetic, caring officer that was loved by his family and members of this police department.”
“He gave his life protecting this community,” he added Saturday afternoon.
Brian Shaw was shot in the chest around 8:15 PM Friday in New Kensington, about 18 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.
According to dispatch, he called in that he had been hit, and was “gasping for air”. Unfortunately by the time responders arrived Shaw was unresponsive.
State police said Saturday that investigators know why the suspected shooter was pulled over but would not provide further details, citing the ongoing investigation.
A description of the suspect has not been released, but law enforcement agencies are dead set on finding the criminal and bringing him to justice.
Authorities were offering a $40,000 reward for information on the shooting. The FBI has contributed $25,000 to the reward, while the U.S. Marshals Service offered $5,000 and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives will contribute up to $10,000.
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