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Mother Of Suspect In New Kensington Police Shooting Says Suspect Wants To Turn Himself In

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NEW KENSINGTON (KDKA) – The mother of the suspect in the fatal shooting of a New Kensington Police officer says her son wants to turn himself in.

KDKA's Lynne Hayes-Freeland spoke to the mother of 29-year-old Rahmael Sal Holt on Monday. Scherry Holt said she and other family members have been interviewed by police.

Scherry told us that her son wants to turn himself in, but at this point, he is afraid the publicity surrounding this case could make it difficult to come forward. He wants to make sure he is safe and his surrender is peaceful.

She stressed that she does not know her son's whereabouts.

She believes that if safe, peaceful and secure arrangements could be made for her son, he would be willing to come forward.

(Photo Credit: Pennsylvania State Police)

Police have been searching for Holt since the shooting happened around 8:15 p.m. Friday after police tried to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 1200 block of Leishman Avenue.

Holt got out of the vehicle and tried to run from police officers. Sometime during the foot chase, shots were fired and 25-year-old Officer Brian Shaw was struck in the chest. Shaw died from his injuries.

Officer Brian Shaw
Photo Courtesy: Steven Matto

Police identified Holt as the suspect early Sunday morning. Holt has a lengthy criminal record with previous arrests on drug charges, aggravated and simple assault, and carrying a firearm without a license.

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