Witnesses say a police officer fatally shot Antwon Rose, a 17-year-old boy, just a few seconds after he fled from a traffic stop into a confrontation late Tuesday, in the East of Pittsburgh, Pa. (Facebook)
Protests erupted outside the East Pittsburgh police department about a 17-year-old boy shot and killed by a police officer late Tuesday as he ran from the traffic stop in connection with a separate shooting.
The meeting for Antwon Rose, which spread across social media with photos and video, saw protesters praying, singing, marching and calling for an end to the violence and police brutality, KDKA reported.
A video, such as The Tribune-Review reported, was an agent of the car trying to push through the crowd; others showed protesters linking arms and shouting for justice.
The 17-year-old shot and killed by police during a traffic stop
Teen fatally shot by police during the flight on the basis of the traffic stop in the East of Pittsburgh.
The protests continued even after heavy rain swept through the area. Another protest is scheduled for Thursday at noon in front of the Allegheny County courthouse.
“From all accounts, he was a generous, hard-working and promising students. Affirmations are generosity of spirit and genuine good-heartedness have started pouring in from all corners of the East Pittsburgh community in which he lives, his family and his lawyer, D. Lee Merritt, said in a statement.
A Police Cruiser attempts to push through the crowd like a rally shuts down Braddock Avenue, a day after an East Hills police officer shot and killed 17-year-old Antwon Rose, a Woodland Hills High School honors student during a traffic stop. @TribLIVE #AntwonRose pic.twitter.com/hJsCyUeJcP
— Andrew Russell (@RussBurgh) 20 June 2018
The Allegheny County medical examiner’s office said Rose, who worked for the wife of a candidate for vice-governor, died in the hospital. The summary report released Wednesday did not have a cause of death or say how often or when the teen was shot.
The researchers said Wednesday that the car stopped in East Pittsburgh corresponds to the description of a vehicle sought in a fatal shooting rampage in a village a few kilometres away. A East Pittsburgh officer, who has not yet been identified, is taking the driver into custody with the two occupants, including the 17-year-old Antwon Rose, walked out.
Researchers have said Rose was shot three times. They also said no one fired a weapon at the officer during the stop, and the teenager may not have a weapon on him.
#AntwonRose pittsburgh. Intersection taken. March is growing rapidly. pic.twitter.com/WaeYzNQfD0
— Hud map Gillespie (@serial1337) 20 June 2018
Merritt added: “We know very little about the circumstances surrounding his death, at this early stage. We must stress that the rumors of him being involved in a separate recording are supported. We know that he was not armed at the time he was shot, that he posed no immediate threat to anyone, and that it is very important that the driver of the vehicle that he occupied was released from the police. The officer involved in this shooting had just been sworn in as the Pittsburgh PD about three hours for this meeting. These facts, without more, leaves very little space to justify the use of deadly force by this officer. Additional information about the background of the offending driver and the facts that, to him, at the time of the shooting is necessary if we are to determine the appropriate action in this matter.”
Allegheny County Police Inspector Coleman McDonough, as Fox News reported earlier, said: “An investigation revealed that the shooter fired nine .40 caliber rounds at the victim from a passing vehicle. The victim also returned fire on the car.”
He also turned up two firearms were recovered from the suspect’s vehicle.
McDonough added that the medical examiner would release further information.
McDonough noted, there are circumstances when the law of Pennsylvania permits officers to use lethal force on a fleeing suspect. It is allowed to prevent serious injury or death to an officer or another person, or if the fleeing suspect has used or threatened violence or possesses a deadly weapon.
It is our duty to fight for our freedom!#AntwonRose pic.twitter.com/VdfLSV7lGU
— DG (@notthreefifths) 20 June 2018
County police to perform an independent investigation, which is standard procedure, McDonough said. He said that the officer was placed on administrative leave.
Fox News’ Michelle Chavez in the East of Pittsburgh, Tamara Gitt and The Associated Press contributed to this report.