Security Issues Force Venue Change For Cop Charged For Shooting Drive-By Suspect

East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld's preliminary hearing has been moved due to security concerns.

Pittsburgh, PA – The preliminary hearing for an East Pittsburgh police officer charged with criminal homicide in the June 19 death of 17-year-old Antwon Rose has been moved to a new location due to “security concerns,” according to the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors announced the change of venue for the July 27 hearing on Wednesday afternoon.

Instead of taking place at the Pittsburgh Municipal Court, the hearing will be held at the Allegheny County Courthouse, according to the notification.

Allegheny County District Attorney spokesman Mike Manko said they have not received any specific threats directed at anyone involved in the proceedings, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported.

“All parties are more comfortable moving the hearing…because of the sheer number of people who are paying attention to the case,” Manko explained.

Common Pleas President Judge Jeffrey Manning signed the district attorney’s office’s request on Tuesday.

Rose, 17, had participated in a drive-by shooting just minutes before the vehicle he was riding in was pulled over by East Pittsburgh Officer Michael Rosfeld.

Officer Rosfeld told investigators that he shot Rose after the teen jumped out of the suspect vehicle and turned his hand toward the officer, according to court documents.

Officer Rosfeld said he “saw something dark” in Rose’s hand, but that he “was not sure what it was,” the court documents read.

The officer fired his weapon at Rose, hitting him three times.

Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala denounced Officer Rosfeld during a June 27 press conference and said that he planned to argue that the officer be charged with first-degree murder.

Much of the information Zappala referenced as justification for the criminal homicide charge against Officer Rosfeld was related to evidence uncovered long after the officer’s split-second decision to fire his weapon – facts Officer Rosfeld had no way of knowing prior to the fatal shooting.

Zappala said that there was “no justification” for the officer’s decision to fire his weapon at the teen, due in part to investigators’ later finding that Rose had not been the actual shooter in a drive-by that preceded Officer Rosfeld’s decision to stop the vehicle, although he was with the shooter at the time of the shooting.

At the hospital, homicide detectives found an empty 9mm Glock magazine in Rose’s front right pocket, according to the complaint.

A stolen .40-caliber handgun was recovered from beneath Rose’s seat, Zappala said. He confirmed it was the weapon used in the North Braddock attack, and said it has also been tied to “three or four” other crimes.

A stolen 9mm handgun, which police located under the driver’s seat, had not been fired during either of the June 19 shootings, according to Zappala.

Zappala said that Rose posed no risk of harm to the officer or others because he was later found to be unarmed. He noted that Rose also raised his hands prior to fleeing.

Another passenger in the vehicle, 17-year-old Zaijuan Hester, was responsible for the North Braddock drive-by shooting, Zappala said.

The prosecutor refused to comment regarding why Rose was in the vehicle with Hester.

Dozens of protesters surrounded the officer’s Penn Hills home just hours after his arrest.

The demonstrators claimed that Officer Rosfeld received special treatment from the court because he is a law enforcement officer and argued that he should not have been released on $250,000 bond after being charged, WTAE reported.

It was unclear whether Officer Rosfeld was inside his residence at the time of the demonstration.

He was placed on unpaid leave following his arrest.

Comments (40)
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Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Moving the trial location changes the jury pool. They know exactly what they're doing.

Budman
Budman

It is called a fair trial!!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Budman And what is fair is to hold the trial in the area that the incident happened, troggle.

Budman
Budman

🖕🖕🖕🖕🖕 troggle

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

If someone shoots a police officer, he was a victim of a poor upbringing, no father figure to teach him "right", bla bla bla. These "kids" were responsible for a drive by shooting. I love how the arm chair quarterbacks have hours, days, weeks, months to say what the officer should have done. These kids are responsible for their own actions and who they hang out with. Oh wait..........lets all exit the suspect car, take finger prints and compare them with any bullet casings, or striations from the offending weapon. Then take them to lunch until the results are in and then let them go to do it all again. These are THUGS. PLAIN AND SIMPLE. You hang around with them, you become one...... The kid got what they wanted to give to someone else. Where the hell is all the outrage when it's black on black. They are all cowards not turning each other in..Big bummer.........he lost, he shouldn't have run and he would be alive.

OSCSret
OSCSret

Nothing says "wrong answer" like a comment from HCD. It doesn't matter what story is under discussion, he always has some twisted, distorted, racist version of the situation that never squares with the facts.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@OSCSret Now you're just lying. Didn't the Chiefs' Mess teach you to be firm but fair? Find something racist I've said on this site.

LEO0301
LEO0301

@OSCSret - I think he is crying out for attention. You would think that someone who claims to be "happily" married and running a "profitable" business wouldn't have time to spend trolling a law enforcement website. I have a feeling he doesn't have many friends and as twisted as this might sound, we have become his surrogate family.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 You have to turn on your computer, wait for Windows 98 to boot up, and sit down comfortably to comment. Why do you sit at your computer all day? It's bad for you, especially at your age.

I can enjoy Sunday with my family, or be at work while responding to you with a flick of my thumb and speaking. Trust me, you use a whole lot more effort to respond to me than I do for you. I'm sure it takes away your time between taking swigs of Geritol and playing Pinochle.

tazmech
tazmech

yes the prosecutors know what they are doing, it was the DA who changed venue not the defense.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Jsmoe do you use Siri to voicetext? because you're right, Siri doesn't punctuate like that. However, there are hundreds of other speech to text apps where it takes words you use when you text. Please don't try to explain tech to me.

As far as your second statement, maybe you should browse the articles more. Maybe use a page search app that does a better job than your default settings to search for my comments.

Or can phones not do that either?

TeneteLineam
TeneteLineam

@Hi_estComnDenomn ‘Hey everybody look at me! I know how to use a smartphone! Now let me use my technical knowledge to post racist, anti -cop bullshit a pro-police forum!’

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@TeneteLineam I should know how to use tech. I'm a millennial. Just like I'm sure you're better at operating phonographs than I am.

And I can't believe your audacity in calling me racist. I haven't made one racist comment, and you're gonna have to prove that I have.

TeneteLineam
TeneteLineam

@Hi_estComnDenomnn I’m a millennial too, dickhead. You want a medal for knowing your way around an iPhone? It’s nothing special buddy. Hell, most kindergartners are tech savvy these days. And you are by far the most racist poster on this site, bar none. You know that as well as I. Knob.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@TeneteLineam I'm a technical person. I use Android. I figured you use iPhone though.

Mrs10
Mrs10

@Hi_estComnDenomn are you also @Budman now too? I've noticed you also go by @ByAnyMeansNecessary. Are you having some DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder) crisis we should know about?

Mrs10
Mrs10

@Hi_estComnDenomn I'll say that while you've never made an overt racist statement you do tend to bring race into the conversation when it didn't need to be there. I believe that's what most are referring to. Also, if you want to reply to me where I can respond you'll need to email bc for some reason I'm no longer getting replies through this site when I'm tagged. The email is MrsLEO10@gmail.com *Ok I fixed my notification settings. If you (or anyone else) have tried too reply to anything I've written lately I haven't gotten it.

Mrs10
Mrs10

@Hi_estComnDenomn Finally, the location was moved because those who are protesting violence can't do so NON-violently. They'll end up giving the defense a whole new jury pool - one that is not as invested as they are - and essentially shutting down their whole cause.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

One suspects that the officer is getting preferential treatment that a non-police officer would not get. It would be interesting to know how many venue changes the judge granted to criminal defendants in her court prior to this case.

Skidoo
Skidoo

The deceased in this case was an accomplice to the drive-by shooting and the community is safer with him feeding the worms. The real pity is that the young officer's career is probably over.

Max Scruggs
Max Scruggs

Is it possible that both the kid and the officer are in the wrong?

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Max Scruggs - of course not. If the suspect is a minority, the officer will always be wrong. That's the way the system works.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

"after he was just arrested for doing his job" If he hadn't decided to talk to police investigators without a lawyer, he probably never would have been arrested or charged. That said, Rosfeld should have known better than to shoot a fleeing man who might, or might not, have been a felon.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Mrs10 No I'm not Budman. He's a caveman with a keyboard addicted to the exclamation point. I am @ByAnyMeansNecessary though, because old people on here are easily confused when someone makes a similar name to mine and makes silly comments. Are you confused as well?

And bringing up race doesn't make one a racist. What kind of incorrect dictionary are you people using?

LEO0301
LEO0301

"You people"!? What do you mean by that exactly?! Sounds racist to me...yep, sure does...

Mrs10
Mrs10

@Hi_estComnDenomn Nope not confused. I thought perhaps you were Budman but can see the difference. And I honestly don't think you are racist but I was pointing out why others may have that perception. Although "you people" does reek of either sarcasm or judgement. Hard to tell which in this platform.

Hi_estComnDenomnn
Hi_estComnDenomnn

"By Any Means Necessary" is a direct famous quote from this racist dude Malcolm X, maybe you have heard of him? But no, I'm not at all a racist. And don't be concerned with how many accounts I comment under. I have at least 2 of them that tell how I really am in laymen terms. Especially this one. This is my original account.

ByAnyMeansNecessary
ByAnyMeansNecessary

@Mrs10 "you people" refers to those who keep thinking someone is racist for mentioning race. I think it's projection from actual racists, because hit dogs will holler.

Take it as you will.

Hi_estComnDenomnn
Hi_estComnDenomnn

This is my bipolar other login, YES I AM RACIST HERE IT IS IN ALL CAPS!!!!!!! And a few exclamation marks for everyone.

Necroignisamoron
Necroignisamoron

@talkingoutofmyassbyanymeansnecessary, hot dogs make your mom holler

ByAnyMeensNecessary
ByAnyMeensNecessary

@Necroignisamoron Did you say hot dogs? Foot longs?

ByAnyMeensNecessary
ByAnyMeensNecessary

Necroignisamoron
Necroignisamoron

Your mom said to stop posting her pics and clean up your room

ByAnyMeensNecessary
ByAnyMeensNecessary

@Necroignisamoron

Me cleaning my room:

Necroignisamoron
Necroignisamoron

@byanymeatsnecessary, after a long day behind the keyboard.