Pittsburgh area police officer shot dead after traffic stop, suspect still at large

Update: Police hold a press conference on the fatal shooting.

The city of New Kensington, PA is in mourning as police hunt for the killer of a rookie officer.

Polce officer Brian Shaw, who had been with the force for less than a year, was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop on Friday in the area right outside of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

“I’m asking anybody with any information, as minute as they think it might be, please, please give us a call. We need to find the person who did this,” police Chief Jim Klein said.

The shooting happened around 8:07 p.m. when the traffic stop became a foot chase and shots were fired, strike Officer Shaw., according to the Post-Gazette.

Police found a brown jeep that was being searched for in connection with the killing, but the suspect is still at large and considered armed and dangerous.

Gileyla Jones, 17, told the Post-Gazette that she was on her way home on Friday when three police cars raced past her and a red light.

“We knew something bad must have happened,” she said.

“All you saw was red and blue lights flying past in every direction,” Jones said.

She did not know what happened until she learned that an officer had been shot.

“It’s just heartbreaking that someone would shoot a police officer,” she said.

The neighborhood was the subject of recent police activity, as a methamphetamine laboratory was discovered a week ago.

A former co-worker of Officer Shaw, Ciara Herbst, told the Pittsburgh Tribune Review that he was “the most genuine guy” who “honestly cared about everyone.”

“He was a great family man and always thought about his community, and always wanted to help anyone he could,” Officer Shaw’s former classmate David Fleck.

The officer’s friend, Allie Wilhelm, said that becoming an officer was all Shaw talked about since he was a teenager, referring to it as “my calling.”

Several agencies responded to the call and are searching for the suspect.

“You name the police department. We all rally for each other and that’s what we’re doing right now in New Kensington,” Pennsylvania State Trooper Stephen Limani said.

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