UPDATED 9:53 a.m. EDT, June 21 –
More details have emerged about the unidentified officer who shot and killed a 17-year-old unarmed Black teen without warning in East Pittsburgh late Tuesday (June 19) amid the outcry over the child’s death.
Antwon Rose, an honors student at Woodland Hills High School in Pittsburgh, was killed during a traffic stop when police officers pulled the car over for what they said was part of investigating a nearby shooting. Rose, a passenger in the vehicle with another person and the car’s driver, was fatally shot in the back after he ran away from armed police officers who had taken the driver into custody. The Allegheny County Police Department has yet to release the name of the East Pittsburgh officer who fired the fatal shots during the killing that was caught on video by a witness, but the cop was new to the job.
The officer, in his 20s and having only been on duty in East Pittsburgh for three weeks, had only been sworn in 90 minutes before he fatally shot Rose, CBS Pittsburgh reported. The cop had previously worked for the University of Pittsburgh Police Department.
As of Wednesday, the officer was put on paid leave, and the Allegheny County Homicide Division is investigating the shooting. Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala will determine whether charges will be brought in Rose’s shooting after reviewing the investigation findings.
Activists and community members have expressed outrage over Rose’s death, calling for justice. A GoFundme page has been started for Rose.
An unarmed Black teen was fatally shot by police during a traffic stop in East Pittsburgh late Tuesday (June 19). The shooting, caught on video by a witness, has already sparked outrage as it becomes one more of several police-involved encounters that turned deadly for people of color this year.
Antwon Rose, only 17 years old, was killed while riding in a car with two other people that police officers stopped on a residential street, a video revealed. The driver was put in handcuffs by officers, according to a press release from Allegheny County Police Department. Two passengers, including Rose, then exited the vehicle and took off running, and cops fired shots. One person, seemingly Rose, who had his back to the officers, fell to the ground, the video showed.
Rose, a student at Woodland Hills High School in Pittsburgh, was shot three times and taken to a nearby hospital where he was later pronounced dead, police said. A medical examiner identified Rose as the slain victim, with autopsy results pending Wednesday, WTAE Pittsburgh reported. Police are still searching for the second person who exited the vehicle, they said.
The car was stopped after police believed it matched the description of a vehicle involved in another shooting in neighboring North Braddock, according to police.
Video of the fatal incident has spread on social media after first being posted to Facebook, Heavy reported.
A witness in the video is heard saying, “Why are they shooting at him? … Why are they shooting? All they did was run and they’re shooting at them?”
Police officers approached the vehicle with their guns drawn, a witness told WTAE. The East Pitttsburgh officer who killed Rose was not wearing a body camera, and the police car was not equipped with cameras, Allegheny County police Superintendent Coleman McDonough said. The driver was interviewed by police and later released without charges.
The NAACP has already brought attention to the shooting, which happened in the suburb of East Pittsburgh.
A second video also surfaced that showed a person being carted into an ambulance and receiving chest compressions from a paramedic at the scene.
The unidentified officer who shot Rose was put on paid leave, and the Allegheny County Homicide division is investigating the shooting, WTAE reported.
Several questions will surely be raised in the wake of this fatal shooting of an unarmed Black teen. Social media users are already wondering what are the names of the officers and when that information will be released. The biggest question, perhaps, is why this teen was shot after only running from a vehicle.