Officer Acquitted For Shooting Antwon Rose, Gunman Opens Fire On Lawyer's Office

A gunman has opened fire on the offices of former officer Michael Rosfeld's attorney,

Pittsburgh, PA - A jury determined Friday that former East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld was not guilty of all charges stemming from the fatal officer-involved shooting of Antwon Rose II.

The announcement was made at 9:03 p.m. after just four hours of deliberations, according to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The shooting happened June 19 as then-officer Michael Rosfeld located a vehicle matching the description of a car that was involved in a drive-by shooting.

The gold Chevrolet Cruze had a shattered rear window and was riddled with bullet holes, according to CNN.

Suspects in the vehicle were reported to have fired 10-12 shots during the drive-by shooting just 20 minutes earlier.

After Officer Rosfeld stopped the vehicle, 17-year-old Rose and 17-year-old Zaijuan Hester, both passengers, jumped out of the car and started to run.

The officer said that one of the suspects had a dark object which he perceived as a gun, but he wasn't sure. He responded by firing three shots in their direction in less than 1 second.

Rose was fatally hit by Officer Rosfeld's bullets.

The investigation determined that Rose did not have a gun on him when he was shot, but he had gunshot residue on his hands, an empty magazine in his pocket, and a stolen gun was located under his seat in the car. The stolen gun was linked to numerous other crimes in the area.

Witnesses said that Officer Rosfeld was extremely distraught after the shooting.

The incident kicked off mass protests with accusations of racism because Officer Rosfield is white, and Rose was black.

Sixty to 80 protesters, some masked, surrounded Officer Rosfeld's home after his identity was released.

After more protests, the officer was charged with first-degree murder, third-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, and he was placed on unpaid leave.

The East Pittsburgh Police Department was then completely dissolved under community pressure, which resulted in Officer Rosfeld losing his job along with other officers.

“We don’t want any more children being killed by police officers,” a resident told the council in August.

The announcement about the fate of the department came just a month after approximately 50 residents showed up at another council meeting and demanded that that the mayor and five borough council members resign and referred to them as the KKK, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported.

Wilkinsburg Council Vice President Vanessa McCarthy-Johnson chastised the East Pittsburgh Police Department for not having a black chief and said they needed to implement racial bias training.

"This would never happen in Wilkinsburg," McCarthy-Johnson boasted before the decision to dissolve the department was made.

Following Rosfeld's acquittal, the Rose family attorney responded that it's not acceptable for a police officer to shoot somebody in the back if they are a felony suspect and intend to harm others, according to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

“The charges the jury received today and deliberated on made it seem OK to shoot an unarmed fleeing suspect in the back.”

The law literally says that police officers can shoot fleeing felony suspects who pose a serious risk to others.

Hours after the acquittal, a gunman opened fire at the office of Rosfeld's attorney, according to WKBN. Several bullet holes were found in the building. Nobody was injured in the shooting.

Comments (54)
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Bixler
Bixler

Oh no, a criminal was killed after he tried killing others in a drive by shooting. Sooooooo sad.

Bixler
Bixler

The cop should sue the department for firing him, and file lawsuits against anyone that made comments damaging to his character, including the family that raised a punk thug.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

So a cop, just doing his job, killed a POS thug who was involved in a drive-by shooting, had gunshot residue on his hands, an illegal gun where he had been sitting, an empty magazine on his person and the gun was linked to numerous other crimes in the area, when approached by police instead of complying, he ran and got shot and killed. But his family and community are more upset with the cop than a habitual piece of shit scum of the earth waste of oxygen little thug criminal their son was?? Okay, got it.

Jeff1245
Jeff1245

Maybe they should start going after those masked protesters...No telling how many more criminals they can take off the street.

JBo
JBo

“We don’t want any more children being killed by police officers,” a resident told the council in August.

Then perhaps you should raise your children as humans.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Hi Rascal1966 , All you mention is rational in regards to these supporting factors. Rational to normal people...but the problem is that this segment of society is not rational. So to think in our own mindset and our own "normal" terms then others will be continually disappointed. These folk are anything but rational. "drive-by shooting, had gunshot residue on his hands, an illegal gun where he had been sitting, an empty magazine on his person and the gun was linked to numerous other crimes in the area, when approached by police instead of complying, he ran and got shot and killed. " and all of this will not matter to this minority as they insist of pushing the victim narratives and agendas and their own paranoia of insisting almost everything negative which happens to them is due to racial bias. The public needs to take a step back and to stop thinking in terms of normal, law abiding, everyday citizens and think of the mindset of these people. I am not saying that this is a correct view. Far from it. But if everyone acknowledges that this segment of society believes what they think is the truth then they will better understand what overall society is dealing with. Think of it as a collective mental illness that affects a significant number of one minority. Mix in myriad types of drug abuse, alcohol, prescription drugs ,etc and they only make matters worse.

Louise S
Louise S

they always use a photo of the thug that's older when they were kids. He was no kid.

Hannibal
Hannibal

Three shots in less than one second? Wow that is impressive.

Pauliethegent29
Pauliethegent29

Don't want any more children killed by police officers? Well, if those "children" would stop doing drive-by's and committing crimes, shit like this won't happen, would it? And ,the officer's attorney's office gets shot up after the verdict really drives that message home. One less scumbag off the streets.

LynnSB
LynnSB

So sick of this Bull Shit -- I don't care if he was Blue, Green Yellow or Orange and the officer was Purple -- you DON"T RUN FROM POLICE !!! When told to STOP you DO !!!! this Person was NO Kid Nor Angel and he knew it that 's why he ran !! STOP Blaming the Police Officers for YOUR Poor Upbringing of your child --

Buffrat
Buffrat

The citizens of this city do not want any more of their children shot by police officers but apparently, since this dead punk ass bitch was involved in a drive-by, it's OK for their children to be shot by people like him I would suggest to those parents that the reason their children are being shot is because in-between your cries of racism, protests against white officers, and demands for Black Police Chiefs, you forgot to raise your children properly to be productive law abiding members of society. Want to know who killed this kid? His parents should look in the mirror. Now they can suffer for the rest of their lives because you can damn well believe that the officer that was forced to shoot him will!

spd522
spd522

Sounds like some masked protesters needed to join Rose.

Truthdontlie
Truthdontlie

Why is it that blacks think drive by shooting others is okay but cops stopping people who do drive-by shooting is not Okay. Savages that wont ever b e non violent..we are not created equal..the proof is everywhere

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

Well said, you can't tell me that Officer doesn't think about shooting that boy everyday!!!

Bobholly79
Bobholly79

So let see if I understand: A piece of shit is dead after being involved in numerous violent felonies, the piece of shit community rises up to violent protest this shooting but not the underlying violence The officers are all wrong The department is disbanded by the coward politicians

And we should care about this trash neighborhood????

Let alone the trash that’s alloweded to violently attack and kill??

Enjoy your hell on earth for it is a prelude to eternity

Digger15108
Digger15108

But he was a nice boy, friendly, and wouldn’t hurt anybody. That’s what out of touch racists claim every time. Yes , black lives matter, but criminals who shoot up targets in a drive by don’t matter. Law abiding blacks, or any color, lives DO matter. I’m old school. There are blacks, then there are niggers. Niggers don’t care about any lives, so why would their lives matter? Doesn’t actually matter what color he was, you just don’t the crap he was involved in. Play the race card for a thug? Wake the hell up a do some parenting.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Let's see. Bad guy does drive-by shooting, gets caught, runs, gets shot and it's the cop's fault. Other turds raise hell, pull out a deck of race cards, put the city council in fear for their lives making them get rid of the police department, and now other turds shoot up the cop's lawyer's office. Sounds like mob action to me. Great the cop was found not-guilty of all charges! But all the cops lost their jobs. Probably for the best in the long run. They can now find employment with a real city who doesn't cower-down and run1

Stanracer
Stanracer

Apparently the laws don't apply to blacks. Wow.. .the country's doing to hell in a hand basket! ☹😓

Gretagarbo
Gretagarbo

This neighborhood deserves everything it gets. He isn’t a child as one neighbor who wanted to dissolve the department claimed. They only show pictures of him when he was a lot younger. This cop should not have been charged. He considered the men to be a danger to the community which PA law says is a legal shooting. Corrupt and politically correct politicians here.

Rayb
Rayb

They’re trying to pass a new law in Ca after the Stephon Clark incident.. the way I see it.. it means cops aren’t allowed to shoot black guys under any circumstance... they get a free pass!

Woobie46
Woobie46

I hope the 'concerned' resident is ok with kids being killed by gang banger kids cuz that's what's happening. Black people are just plain ignorant. Kid shoots at others, has all the evidence on him and on his body that he just shot at others, and these EFFING people go to the cops house and the lawyers office and do damage. IF more of these PUNKS were killed, there'd be less crime EVERYWHERE! I'm for killing the killers and the blacks best wake up before "we the people" have had enough of their shit!

MedicCop
MedicCop

Video of the drive-by showed he was in the front passenger seat, but was not shooting, as his window was up. Passenger in the rear was firing, and plead guilty for that. His community wanted to make him out to be a perfect little angel. What they don’t acknowledge is that if the victim of the drive I had been killed, he would have been considered an accessory to murder!!! They also do not talk about the one bullet that struck the kid in the face. They keep talking about the shot (that killed him) in his back. Sorry, but the only way a shot gets into the kid’s face is from him turning around, and facing the officer. There is video of the shooting, but only from a perpendicular angle.

HH3
HH3

There needs to b a law about "protesting" in a public forum while masked. I served in the US Marine Corps so that they have the right to protest. However, my service did not give them the right to "Riot" and commit crimes while masked to cover their identity!! Why were there no arrests for those who hindered the officer and his family from living in peace? Is that not creating a public disturbance?

I'm sure the same would be said if those "protesting" would do the protesting at the mayors and city council members homes. NOT!!!!!!!!

Ugly double standard!!!!!!

FM1
FM1

Racism is about color and black and white are both a color but breaking laws and committing crimes do not spring forth because of your national origin or your skin color.let's stop blaming someone else for our own denials and our own inabilities to take responsibilities for our own mistakes.thats called be a adult and that is a rapidly fleeding characteristic among today's so called adults.jgb

John Chapman
John Chapman

Turns out the 17 year old isn't the little angel people want to pretend that he is. Gun shot residue on his hands means he fired a gun in the drive by. Empty magazine in his pocket, self explanatory. Empty gun ditched under his seat. TONS OF EVIDENCE BEFORE THE LITTLE CHERUB EVEN EXITED THE CAR TO INDICATE HE AND THE CAR WERE INVOLVED. I feel sorry for P/O Rosfield. He's going to have to live with the trauma that the scum bag set in motion.

Devinhurst1
Devinhurst1

My children have been raised that if you commit crimes and run from the police, expect that you will be punished, possibly shot. To date, none of them have commited crimes or been in trouble. It seems that if you teach them of the terrible consequences and that they WILL pay the price for them, they are less likely to commit crimes. It's called deterrence.Quit making excuses for your thug pos kids. When my kids are bad, I tell them!!! WTH is wrong with these people?