Patrolman Brian David Shaw

Patrolman Brian David Shaw

New Kensington Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Friday, November 17, 2017

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Brian David Shaw

Patrolman Brian Shaw was shot and killed while making a traffic stop of a vehicle in the 1200 block of Leishman Avenue at approximately 8:00 p.m.

The vehicle's passenger fled on foot during the stop, then opened fire on Patrolman Shaw as he pursued him. Although he was wearing his vest, Patrolman Shaw was fatally wounded in the chest during the foot pursuit. The subject fled the scene but was arrested on November 21st, 2017.

On November 12th, 2019, the subject was convicted of Patrolman Shaw's murder. He was sentenced to death plus an additional 10.5 to 27 years for weapons charges in February 2020.

Patrolman Shaw had served with the New Kensington Police Department for only five months. He had previously served as a part-time officer for three years with the Cheswick Police Department, Frazer Township Police Department, and East Deer Township Police Department. He is survived by his parents, brother, and grandmother.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 29

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .40 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to death

foot pursuit, traffic stop

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I had the opportunity to work with both officer Shaws when I was an EMT at East Deer. These two were the most sweet fun loving cops I’ve ever had the opportunity to work with. He will forever hold a special place in my heart. I will forever be pro blue lives and fight for him so that hopefully one day things like this no longer happen. RIP Brian.

Marissa Perelstine FF1 and NREMT-P
Blaine Hill Volunteer Fire Department and CSL Plasma

September 7, 2020

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