Pennsylvania police officer charged in shooting death of Antwon Rose

East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld was charged with one count of criminal homicide in the shooting death of the 17-year-old Antwon Rose, Jr.


Pennsylvania police officer was charged with one count of criminal homicide in the shooting death of a 17-year-old boy in the East of Pittsburgh, who was fleeing a traffic stop, according to court records released Wednesday.

The criminal complaint against East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld is in connection with the June 19 shooting death of Antwon Rose, Jr.

Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala holds a press conference at 11 a.m. where more details are expected to be released.

On Tuesday, police an arrest in a drive-by shooting that started with a chain of events that ended with Rose’s killing. The teenager was arrested with Rose in the night that he was shot by police, authorities said.

Researchers say that Rosfeld, a car pulled up, the wearing of the Rose, and the two other people, because it matches the description of a car reported to be involved in a shooting about 15 minutes earlier in a nearby town.



Cop who shot and killed unarmed teenager was sworn in 90 minutes before

New reports find East Pittsburgh police officer who killed an unarmed 17-year-old Antwon Rose, while he tried to run away during a traffic stop was only sworn in less than two hours before the incident.

If the officer took the driver into custody, the video posted on Facebook by a bystander showed Rose and the other passenger to walk.


The officer quickly fired three shots, all of which struck Rose, who later died in a hospital of his injuries. The medical examiner has not said where the teen was struck.

Rosfeld was on duty in the East of Pittsburgh, Pa., for three weeks and has only been sworn in less than two hours before the incident, although he is an officer in the region for a period of seven years, according to KDKA-TV.

Rosfeld had previously worked in Harmarville and the University of Pittsburgh Police Department. He was placed on administrative leave per protocol while county police conducted an independent investigation. Rosfeld’s lawyer, Pat Thomassey, told KDKA he turned himself in Wednesday morning and out on $250,000 bond.

Antwon Rose, 17, was shot three times on June 19, when he ran away after the officer stopped a car he was traveling in that is linked to a non-fatal drive-by shooting in a city, just a few miles away


In the days since Rose, a Woodland Hills High School honours student, was fatally shot, the protesters have shown that almost on a daily basis. They are apart of the protest Monday, Rose was laid to rest, out of respect for his family.

The researchers have not said whether they believe Rose any involvement in the earlier violence that left one wounded. Authorities previously said that two handguns were retrieved from the car, and an empty gun clip was found in Rose’s pocket, according to Zappala

Demonstrators walk by PPG Paint arena as they protest the shooting death of Antwon Rose, Jr. on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, in Pittsburgh

(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)


In the video of the fatal shooting that out of a nearby house, Rose, in a gray shirt, is the first of the vehicle.

The arrest of another suspect on Tuesday came as dozens of protesters returned to the streets of downtown Pittsburgh, blocking the traffic with locked arms and raised fists, demanding justice in Rose’s death.

People start a protest march against the shooting of Antwon Rose, Jr. on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, in Pittsburgh. Rose was fatally shot by a police officer seconds after he fled a traffic stop June 19, in the suburb East of Pittsburgh.

(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Sing “Who did this? The police did this!” and “Three photos on the back, how do you explain that?” the protesters walked several blocks shortly after 7:30 a.m., shutting down busy intersections for more than two hours, according to the Associated Press.

The family lawyer, D. Lee Merritt, said in a statement last week that Rose was “a generous, hard-working and promising students.”

“Affirmations of his generosity of spirit and genuine good-heartedness have started pouring in from all corners of the East Pittsburgh community where he lives,” he said.

Merritt insisted that claims that the Rose was involved in the earlier recordings are unproven, noting that the officer had the power of a few hours before the shooting.

“These facts, without more, leaves very little space to justify the use of deadly force by this officer,” he said. “More 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.”

Fox News’ Whitney Ksiazek, Chris Irvine, Samuel Chamberlain, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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