Video May Show Teen Firing Gun In Drive-By Just Before Cop Shot Him

The DA confirmed police are reviewing surveillance video from the drive-by shooting before Antwon Rose was shot.

Pittsburgh, PA – As demonstrators gathered for what would be the third night of protests in the city, police were reviewing video on Friday afternoon that reportedly showed 17-year-old Antwon Rose firing a gun in a drive-by shooting just minutes before he was fatally shot by a police officer on Tuesday afternoon.

Pittsburgh District Attorney Steven Zappala told WPXI that he was able to confirm video evidence had been recovered from the shooting scene in North Braddock, where a 22-year-old man had been shot in the stomach.

Police said the shooter fired nine .40-caliber rounds at the victim from a car, and the victim returned fire, striking the shooter’s vehicle multiple times, KDKA reported.

Sources told KDKA that in the surveillance video of the shooting obtained by police showed Rose was the shooter in the earlier incident. However, when asked, Allegheny County police denied the video showed that.

The incident began at about 8:27 p.m. on June 19, when police received “multiple calls” of shots fired in the borough of North Braddock, Allegheny County Police Superintendent Coleman McDonough said during a press conference on Wednesday.

Responding officers found the victim of the drive-by shooting, and he was rushed to a local hospital, where he was treated and released.

Witnesses provided investigators with a description of the suspect’s vehicle, which was then broadcasted to other responding officers.

East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld spotted the silver Chevrolet Cruze, with gunshot damage to it, traveling on Grandview Avenue and initiated a traffic stop at 8:40 p.m., Superintendent McDonough said.

“I’m very confident that that was the vehicle involved in the [earlier] shooting,” Superintendent McDonough confirmed.

Officer Rosfeld ordered the 20-year-old driver to exit the vehicle and lie down on the ground.

“Two other occupants of the vehicle then bolted from the vehicle on foot," the superintendent said. "The East Pittsburgh officer fired his weapon, striking one of the fleeing suspects several times.”

The suspect, later identified as 17-year-old Antwon Rose, was rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:19 p.m.

He was shot three times in “various places on his body,” Superintendent McDonough said.

Police ultimately interviewed and released the driver. The other male who fled the scene “remains at large,” he said.

Investigators recovered two semiautomatic handguns from the floor of the vehicle. Rose did not have a gun on him when he took off on foot.

Zappala told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that Rose had an empty handgun magazine in his pocket at the time he was shot.

A brief video clip of the officer-involved shooting was posted to Facebook on Tuesday.

In the video, a male in a light-colored shirt and a male in a dark-colored shirt were seen fleeing from the passenger side of the vehicle as shots rang out.

Superintendent McDonough said that investigators were reviewing the footage.

"It's important. However, it has to be taken into context in the entire investigation," he said. "It's a snapshot in time and, while important, it will be factored in the larger totality of the investigation."

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that police officers may legally shoot fleeing suspects to apprehend them when there is probable cause that they committed a serious violent crime, such as a shooting.

Officer Rosfeld was hired onto the East Pittsburgh Police Department in mid-May, and had been patrolling the community since that time. However, he was formally sworn into the police department just a few hours before the shooting occurred, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

The officer was previously a member of the University of Pittsburgh’s force for more than five years, and had worked for several years in both Oakmont and Harmar Townships.

Officer Rosfeld graduated from Penn State with a degree in criminal justice in 2010. He has been placed on administrative leave while the Allegheny County police investigate the officer-involved shooting.

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LordSeamus
LordSeamus

Anyone else seeing a common theme in this kind of crap lately ?

Pat1978
Pat1978

@Curbcooler There is a video (from a CCTV camera or something), according to your post. They just aren't going to say it's Rose. The video is probably crappy quality and far away (they often are). It probably wasn't seen prior to the shooting anyhow and wouldn't be part of the PC to believe Rose was a fleeing violent felon. In hindsight, it seems very likely he was.

RunCop
RunCop

Antwon....what have you done did ?

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Play stupid games, you win stupid prizes...

Budman
Budman

Someone is going to make this a race issue!! Race has nothing to do with committing crimes just dumb ass stupid idiots!!!

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

Guilty...Thugs need to be punished NOT shown as the victim!!!

realDonaldTrump
realDonaldTrump

Ever since Tawana Brawley and more recently Mike Brown in Ferguson, I always instantly view large crowds of folks screaming in megaphones calling for "justice" with great hesitation and skepticism - lets find out the truth before hopping on the jump to conclusions mat. Stick with the facts, which will be learned with investigation, if wrong doing was done the officers involved will be dealt with. Sadly if everyone of them is proven completely innocent and justified given the circumstances, they will never be innocent in the public mind because of the way these things get portrayed. Its like being accused of rape, then having to prove your innocence after, and even after proving innocence beyond a shadow of a doubt, your now somehow tainted and lost trust of everyone around you - which is the part that makes me the most upset.

You wanna make a law? How bout make a law that states for every minute of news coverage on a event that makes one party look bad (namely policemen but others too) but turns out to be false, you must designate that same amount of news coverage making sure everyone knows that person was innocent. Instead of woops my bad, and onto the next fake news story.

Hallow334
Hallow334

Nice reference to the jump to conclusions mat!