17 Year Old Shot To Death By Police Identified

Antwon Rose Jr. was shot three times while running away from East Pittsburgh police

Joe DeStio
June 20, 2018 - 7:38 am
Allegheny County Police Superintendent Coleman McDonough

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Allegheny County Police superintendent Coleman McDonough says the East Pittsburgh officer who shot and killed 17-year old Woodland Hills student Antwon Rose Jr. Tuesday night has been placed on administrative leave and has not been interviewed by police yet

Rose was hit three times as he ran from a traffic stop, following a previous shooting minutes earlier in North Braddock.

McDonough says he believes the officer gave a verbal command before firing.

“We believe based on witness statements that yes [he did],” said McDonough. He adds he doesn’t know what the specific command was.

McDonough  says the officer is justified in firing if he feels threatened or others are threatened.

“If you believe that that person fleeing continues to present a threat of deadly force and deadly force that you can affect the arrest and prevent that threat.”

Rose was not armed but two semi-automatic handguns were found in their silver Chevy Cruise that were involved in a shooting minutes earlier. A 20 year-old driver has been released and the search continues for a third suspect that fled the scene.

The chain of events started with a reported shooting in the 800 block of Kirkpatrick Avenue in North Braddock around 8:20 p.m. First responders found a 22-year-old man wounded. He was taken to a hospital, treated and released.

A vehicle driven away from the shooting scene was spotted a short time later and pulled over by an East Pittsburgh officer near Grandview Avenue and Howard Street. While the officer was putting the driver in handcuffs two passengers ran from the car.

Anyone with additional information or cell phone video of the incident is asked to contact Allegheny County Police at 833-ALL-TIPS.

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