Antwon Rose, 17

East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
June 19, 2018

Agencies: East Pittsburgh Police Department

Cause of death: Shooting

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A Pittsburgh-area police officer shot 17-year-old Antwon Rose Jr. three times last week as he fled the scene of a traffic stop, authorities said.

The black teen was the passenger of a car suspected by police to be involved with a shooting minutes earlier that day, the Allegheny County Police Department said in a statement, adding that Rose was unarmed when an officer fatally shot him.

Rosfeld has been on administrative leave since the June 19 shooting. He had reportedly officially been sworn into the job with the East Pittsburgh Police Department just hours before the incident.

New details, included in the criminal complaint against Rosfeld, indicate Antwon was shot in his face, right arm and the middle of his back. It also states that Antwon was in a car suspected in an earlier shooting but did not appear to be the shooter, and that Rosfeld made inconsistent statements about whether he believed Antwon had a gun when the officer opened fire.

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An East Pittsburgh police officer has been charged with criminal homicide in last week's shooting death of an unarmed black teenager that sparked a wave of protests, a spokesman for local prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Officer Michael Rosfeld, 30, faces a single criminal count for the June 19 shooting death of 17-year-old Antwon Rose, Mike Manko, a spokesman for the Allegheny County District Attorney's office, said in an emailed response to Reuters.

On Friday, March 22, 2019, Rosfeld was acquitted on all counts in connection with the shooting death of Rose.

The verdict came after a four-day trial in downtown Pittsburgh and less than four hours of jury deliberation. The city had been concerned about protests and had cordoned off streets around the massive, gothic Allegheny County Courthouse during the trial.