A Pittsburgh police officer shot and killed 17-year-old Antwon Rose 90 mins after he was sworn in
Rose attempted to run during a traffic stop on Tuesday evening
Officers claim the vehicle was stopped because it matched the description of a vehicle involved in a drive-by
Rose was shot three times in the back while unarmed and running
On Tuesday evening, 17-year-old Antwon Rose II became the latest victim of a nationwide epidemic of police shootings after he was shot in the back three after running from a traffic stop.
The shooting was caught on video and uploaded to Facebook by Shauny Mary. Mary uploaded the video, which has received over 90,000 views, on Tuesday. The caption with the video read as follows.
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On the video, Rose is seen trying to run from a traffic stop. Rose barely makes it three running steps before an officer fires three times. All three bullets hit the unarmed teenager in the back. A second video shows Rose being placed into the ambulance.
While the officer responsible has not been named, KDKA-TV reported that he had been on duty in East Pittsburgh for about three weeks, but was sworn in only 90 minutes before killing Rose.
The officer was said to be in his 20’s—even though another outlet claimed him to be in his 30’s. —and worked at other police departments in the area since 2011. Other areas he has previously worked include Harmarville, Oakmont, and for the University of Pittsburgh Police Department.
Police claim they received a call of a drive-by shooting in the area involving a car that matched the description of the vehicle Rose was riding in. The Allegheny County Police Department released the following statement to their Facebook page early Wednesday morning.
Please note that information is still being gathered regarding these incidents and is subject to change. Additional information will be provided as we are able.
At approximately 8:20 PM, County 9-1-1 received multiple calls reporting that shots were fired and that a male had been shot in the 800 block of Kirkpatrick Avenue in North Braddock. Callers reported that a vehicle was seen fleeing the scene, and were able to provide a description of that vehicle. North Braddock Police and paramedics responded and found a 22-year-old male who had been shot. He was been transported to a local trauma center where he was treated and released.
Information on the vehicle that fled the North Braddock scene was put out over the air for neighboring police departments to assist/respond. An East Pittsburgh police officer saw a vehicle matching the description on Grandview Avenue which also had ballistics damage to the rear window. The officer stopped the vehicle near Grandview and Howard Street in East Pittsburgh. The officer took the driver into custody. While he was putting the driver into handcuffs, two other occupants ran from the car. One individual – a 17-year-old male – was shot by police. He was transported to McKeesport Hospital where he was declared deceased. Further information on the deceased, including name, will be released by the Allegheny County Office of the Medical Examiner once formal identification has been made and the next of kin notified.
The third occupant of the vehicle, who fled the scene, is still being actively sought. ACPD Superintendent Coleman McDonough is asking that he turn himself in so that he can give a comprehensive description of what occurred this evening. Anyone having information on these incidents, or video of any portion of the incidents, is asked to contact the Allegheny County Police Department. Callers to the ACPD Tip Line can remain anonymous – the number is 833.ALL.TIPS (833.255.8477). The department can also be reached via its social media sites.
Rose’s family attorney Lee Merritt released the following statement on his Facebook with the caption, “I am en route to Pittsburgh, PA to investigate the murder of #AntwonRose. The family asked that I release this statement on their behalf as they continue to look for answers.”
It is difficult to find justification in the shooting of 17-year-old rising senior high school student Antwon Rose II. From all accounts, he was a generous, hard working and highly promising student. Affirmations of his generosity and spirit and genuine goodheartedness have begun pouring in from all corners of the East Pittsburgh community where he lived.
We know very little about the circumstances surrounding his death at this early stage. We must emphasize that rumors of him being involved in a separate shooting are unsubstantiated. We know that he was not armed at the time he was shot down, that he posed no immediate threat to anyone and that, significantly, the driver of the vehicle he occupied was released from police custody. The officer involved in this shooting had just been sworn into the (East Pittsburgh PD) … (90 minutes) before this encounter. These facts, without more, simply leave very little room to justify the use of deadly force by this officer. Additional information concerning the background of the offending officer and the facts available to him at the time of the shooting is needed as we determine the appropriate action in this matter.
On behalf of the family we thank the community for the generous outpouring of concern and support.