DA Zappala: Rosfeld’s Actions Were Intentional, Was Not Acting To Prevent Another Death By Shooting Antwon Rose

“There is no weapon that would have created a risk to Officer Rosfeld"

Joe DeStio
June 27, 2018 - 12:46 pm
Stephen Zappala

Joe DeStio


PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala said during a news conference Wednesday he is going for a charge of criminal homicide  for East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld, who shot and killed 17-year-old Antwon Rose on June 19th.

Zappala says Rosfeld’s actions were intentional and that he was not acting to prevent another death or bodily injury to himself or another person. That there was no evidence at that time or since that Antwon Rose had committed a forcible felony, and that he did not possess a weapon at that time.

“There is no weapon that would have created a risk to Officer Rosfeld Based on that evidence I find Rosfeld’s actions were intentional and they certainly brought about the result he was looking to accomplish.”

It is a general charge of murder and Zappala is urging for a first-degree Murder charge, which has the possibility of life in prison. The D.A. says Third-Degree also applies. That carries a sentence of 20 to 40 years. Manslaughter convictions would also apply.

Zappala also made harsh statements about the training of East Pittsburgh Police Officers. He says when they were questioned they admitted they do not have a policy for the kind of traffic stop that resulted in the death of Antwon Rose.

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